Other than the Farnes I have mainly stayed local and have been watching Killingworth Lake as much as possible, the attention to the lake paid off when myself and Brian picked up upon a single Wigeon in the middle of the lake, a species that I know Brian has not recorded for some time on the lake and a species that was for myself a patch tick. The Grebes also still continue to do well by raising a single brood of two so far this year. Swan numbers are still currently fluctuating with many now starting to arrive to moult, as too are the Canada Geese which have again returned for moult in large numbers.
The RSPB Newcastle groups trip to Smardale also proved a successful outing with many different types of Invertebrate, mostly in the form of Butterflies and Moths, for a full round up on the trip Brian (Killy Birder), has written a full report of the day which included a colourful stop in Kirkby Stephen with some tropical Birds to go with the Tropical heat!
|Female Common Eider, |
|Arctic Tern Hovering, Inner Farne|
|Black-Headed Gull, Inner Farne|
|Puffin, Inner Farne|
|Guillemot at Dusk, Staple Sound|
|Scarlet Macaw, Kirkby Stephen|
|Mute Swan Cob, Killingworth Lake|
|Black-Headed Gull Taking off,|
Dukes Pond, Rising Sun Country Park