Saturday, 30 April 2016


A frosty start this morning, but hopefully the end of Winter at last. At Burdon Moor at least 2, possibly 3 Whinchat were at the top of the loop, but constantly on the move and difficult to photograph. These had moved on by this afternoon, but 4 Wheatear had dropped in.


Pretty quiet at Birtley reed beds with just single singing Reed and Sedge Warbler. A couple of Swift were over the treatment works. A smart Sparrowhawk was perched up over the path.

Over to Far Pasture where my first Whitethroat of the year was singing, but keeping to cover. Plenty of butterflies in the sun with Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and the first Orange Tip of the year. Red Kite were constantly low overhead.

Red Kite

Very little at Shibdon, but there were several Orange Tip and a Green-veined White.

Orange Tip

Green-veined White