Monday, 23 April 2012

RSPB Walk: Fulmar, Kittiewake and Robin

Before you read this I hope you like Fulmar and Kittiewake as there is going to be a few pictures of them here!
Anyway, the day started with me laying seed out in various points within Northumberland park, with large amounts of  Blackbird flying around and singing, Chaffinch above and a Song thrush singing in the background. Before we had even set off I heard a Woodpecker "Kik-kik" and I looked above to find it the male flying above us and over the road.
 Moving on Grey squirrel  were spotted and the Blackbirds continued to fly around us, before long we were shown a Nuthatch nest, Treecreeper Nest and Great spotted woodpecker nest with all three being spotted within 10 minutes of standing there, the Nuthatch poked his head out of the nest frequently to check what was going on. A pair of Robins sang and a Stock dove pearched next to the nuthatch nest, travelling down Tenners bank I again heard a "Kik-kik" sort of noise and looked up and found another Great spotted woodpecker. On the walk along to Tynemouth pier, Sandwich tern and Common tern were spotted along with the normal batch of waders and Gulls aswell as a few Eiders. I had said before the walk to Brian that if we went to the pier we would DEFIANTLY see Rock pipit and after about 10 minutes waiting 1 appeared, although the star for me was the Fulmars probably my favourite "Seabird" even beating Razorbill, Puffin and Tern.
Kittiewakes were in abundance and the odd Swallow flew over too, a pair of Purple Sandpiper also stood next to the pier. A good walk that proved to show many different types of bird ranging from Woodpecker to Fulmar and everything inbetween.
I've been down to Killingworth lake nearly every day or evening recently, checking tonight I found that the grebes are doing well, A pair of coots have 5 chicks that have only hatched very recently, A few swallows flew around with only 1 Sand martin present, the Whooper swan that has been there for nearly 2 weeks or more is still present but for how much longer it remains to be seen.
I thought I'd also say that Brians RSPB walks are always well led and well worth going on no matter what your "Skill" Level and that if you wish to look at his write up click HERE
Grey Squirrel 

Robin

Curious Robin


Nuthatch "Whats all this shouting about?"

Stock Dove

Stock Dove

Female sparrowhawk 

Fulmar

Close-up Fulmar "Tubenose"

Fulmar

Kittiewake

Kittiewake

Kittiewake

Fulmar

Kittiewake

Fulmar - Probably my favorite of the day


Tynemouth Priory

Collingwood monument 

Hybrid Duck

Whooper Swan

Whooper Swan - "What do you want?"

I believe Juvenile Lesser black back, but not sure?

Greylag Goose

3 comments:

  1. Nice report and great photos as usual. Love the seabirds and Greylag Goose. Thanks also for the comment about walks.:-) You may be interested to know that Bird Club annual report says that in Jan 2010 there were 100 Blackbirds counted in Northumberland Park. Cheers.

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  2. I was enjoying the images of both Fulmar and Kittiwake but the Greylag shot stole the show when i got to it.

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  3. Great pics and that is the closest Greylag shot I've every seen by a country mile! Yeah the walks are always organised very well and enjoyed by all who attend.

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