Friday, 6 May 2016

First Blackwit

An excellent day around Gateshead with pleasant weather and a light easterly. A dull start at Burdon Moor where I was met by a Weasel bouncing around the path. It dashed off into the grass, reappearing chasing a Vole, only for a Carrion Crow to drop from above to snatch the Weasel's breakfast.

Leaping Weasel
Carrion Crow with the Weasel's breakfast
The moor was pretty quiet, with a couple of Grasshopper Warbler reeling and a distant Fox dive-bombed by Lapwing.

Heading back to the car I picked up a female Redstart working its way along the hedge before being spooked by a Robin. My second of the year of another former breeder that now just passes through.


At Lamesley Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat were all singing by the oak tree.

The sky above Shibdon was alive with Common Tern with 19 newly arrived birds. Star bird here though was the Black-tailed Godwit feeding in deeper water- the first of the year. Also here a Common Sandpiper was bobbing around in front of the hide.

Black-tailed Godwit
Common Sandpiper
A lunch-time look out gave a brief Yellow Wagtail at Lamesley and 2 Whinchat at Burdon Moor. A different Yellow Wagtail was at Lamesley this evening.

Yellow Wagtail

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