Sunday, 13 May 2012

Prestwick Carr and a Big Moth

The sun shone down as myself and Brian arrived at Prestwick Carr with the owls gone it was quiet in terms of people but the air was alive with the sound of warbling, a lone kestrel flew high above searching for prey and within in a few minutes a Whitethroat, Grasshopper, Sedge and willow warbler could be heard vividly, with only the Whitethroat and Willow warblers giving a decent view, Orange-tip butterflys were in abundance, it was a "summers" day well the closest to one for a while! Swift swooped above and after speaking to Peter (PC wanderings) informing us of whimbrel in the fields ahead, Soon they were above us calling aloud, not being able to gain accsess to the area above the sentry because of the army practicing hindered our chance of Redstart but a single female wheater was seen in one of the fields instead. Sitting having lunch on one of the bridges I looked up after hearing a "buzz" in the air excepting a smaller cessna or something similar I instead found 1, then 2, then 3 De haviland Tiger moths flying in formation above, I've seen singles of this type in the air before but never 3 in formation, if it had been a fast jet I would have had no chance of getting a photo but due to the slow nature of the Tiger moth it gave a chance for me to get a photo, As I explained to Brian this is the aircraft my great Grandfather flew before moving onto larger aircraft such as De haviland Mosquito and other trainers.
After this we moved to the Rising Sun country park to look for Lesser whitethroat, We had no luck but get the normal birds and animals around, Reed bunting were in abundance and Kestrel and tern were visiable, We heard Blackcap singing, chiffchaff and lots of wrens. Moving onto the hill the sound of skylark and the odd linnet filled the air, The sky was perfect for landscape photography so I took advantage of it!

Willow Warbler

Willow Warbler

Willow Warbler

Common Whitethroat


Common Whitethroat

Orange-Tip Butteryfly

Orange-tip butterfly

Orange-tip Butterfly

Orange-tip Butterfly

Orange-tip butterfly (Male)

G-AXBZ - Originally registered as A french
Aircraft it is now a british registered aircraft
Originally built in 1944

Rising sun -Tyne valley

Rising Sun - tyne valley

Rising sun - Tyne valley

Someones cut off his antlers!!!

"Its MY Fly, not yours!!!"

Since me and Brian were talking about Lancaster bombers
I thought I would include this Which I took
Last year (Not take at Prestwick or Rising sun!)












Wednesday, 9 May 2012

A Yaffle and a warble


On Saturday Brian (Killy Birder) and myself set out for Gosforth Park NR for a small mammals talk/walk, this brought close encounters with a common shrew and lots of Bank vole,  after this walk we stayed in the reserve and headed for the hide, there wasn't much "waterlife" on the pond with only a few Mallards, a Coot and 2 Little grebes. A few reed buntings flew from reed to reed and then a squeal from the reeds of a Water rail a first for me!
Moving on brought us the song of a Reed warbler and more Coot, moving on again brought us the noise we had been waiting for "YAFFLE" in the tree tops and then it flew out and over the pond, another first for me! I managed some recording of the "Yaffle" of the Green woodpecker but I haven't sorted that out yet so will post that at a later date. Moving to Killingworth lake Terns bounced from one end of the lake to the other and Swift and Swallow were among the growing number of hirdunes, the lone Whooper still remains and so does the Gooseander which seems to have an injured wing and cannot fly.
On Sunday we decided on going to Holywell with my mind on getting some film of the dippers meaning quite a bit of sitting around! anyway I got them but I need to sort the film out so that will also be posted at a later date. A rat kept me occupied at the feeding station so too did a Robin and Dunnock.
Listening to Whitethroat, Willow warbler and Blackcap made for some good recordings, I hope to be able to get some better ones and some better pictures of them all too! for a more detailed report go to Brian's blog post by pressing Here.
On Monday I was in North Yorkshire visiting relatives, so I managed to get some pictures of this little known but beautiful waterfall in the village of Harmby, no prizes for what the waterfall is called! "Harmby waterfall" a very nice piece of woodland surrounds the waterfall known to house squirrel (grey) and many types of birds.
A quick look down at the lake on Tuesday brought even more Common terns, the air seemed black with between 60-80 swifts in the air over the lake a record as far as I'm aware, I've never seen so many swifts at the lake or for that matter anywhere in such large numbers in one piece of "airspace" Swallows, Sand martins and House martins were in large numbers to, the word "EVENTUALLY" is the word that springs to mind!!!

The recordings above are made up of Blackbird (First and final recording) Wren (Second recording) Great spotted woodpecker "KIK"ing (third recording) and again the final recording is another blackbird.

Harmby waterfall

Harmby waterfall

Reed Bunting



Common tern

Common tern


Stretch

Dunnock

Willow warbler

Robin

Rats he's seen me!

Rat

Robin

Not more seed!

Rat

Robin

Ladybird