Sunday, 8 January 2012

Cresswell RSPB walk

The day started with a male Sparrowhawk in Killingworth, probably the same one that occasionally visits my garden, it was only a quick sighting as we were driving by on the way up to Cresswell (thanks for the lift up Carmel!) With Brian leading, we soon had Oystercatcher, Teal, Sanderling, Eiders, Knot, 1 Purple Sandpiper and lots of Gulls. A large flock of Wigeon then landed on the water, and with a few Teal in there too. Moving down the road Curlew, Lapwing and others also made appearances, and on moving onto the beach I set off to get pictures of the Sanderling that were running back and forth along the beach, I managed to get very close with the Sanderling not seeming to mind! On returning the group I found I had missed a Red Throated diver, Razorbill and Guillemot, Other birds seen later on were Goldfinch, Twite and while eating our lunch next to the cattle sheds 4 Grey Partridge, also there Tree Sparrow and lots of Starling. Just as we were about to head back along the road a weasel made an appearance carrying its prey but was soon out of sight again, passing the Pillbox as we all learnt it was, there were Greylag geese and lots of pink-footed 500+ in the fields past the farm. Cresswell pond itself brought Red-breasted Merganser, Tufted duck, Wigeon, Redshank, Little grebe, Lapwing and Teal, on leaving to go to the hide Brian recieved a call to say the other part of the group had seen A kingfisher near the hide, it was gone by the time we got there but when we were sitting in the hide it made another appearance and it got quite close as it passed by too, as it sat on a post on the pond just above I noticed a light bird flying in the dunes above and we had already seen Short-eared owl and another Sparrowhawk (female) with prey just before coming into the hide so on looking it was a Short-eared owl and then another right next to it, in all 3 were spotted but unfortunately  no Barn owl but I think it would be abit greedy to ask for it to turn up, A very good day with lots of nice sightings too.




Sanderling

Grey Partridge

Short-eared owl

Female Stonechat

Female Stonechat

Female Stonechat

Male Stonechat

Female Stonechat

Short-eared owl

4 comments:

  1. Hi, great images Sam!

    It reflects what a good day it was! I was very grateful for the Grey partridge images, as I didn't get good views of them at the time!

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  2. It's a pleasure to have you involved Sam.
    I especially like the images of the Stonechats and that second owl. Also surprised you managed such a good one of the Grey Partridges as a few people seemed to be having a problem picking them out even with their binoculars.:-)
    I'd almost forgotten that first Sparrowhawk such was the quality of the birding that followed. Some of my best sightings of Short Eared Owls.
    Cheers. Brian.

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  3. I agree with Brian, those Stonechat images are very nice. You gotta love those Sanderling Sam. Fantastic birds to watch and they are fairly approachable with a little patience.

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  4. Lovely images Sam, especially the Stonechats:)

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