Sunday, April 29, 2007

Gropper.






Above -
Top two - Grasshopper Warbler reeling , Newton Pool.
Dunlin in summer plumage, Boulmer.
Swallow investigating an old shed, Boulmer.

The north easterly breeze contines today making the coast quite dull and cool.

This morning met up with ST to catch up on donkey's years worth of chat. We grew up as neighbours in Pegswood and lost touch some years back. Good to see him doing well.

ST was absolutely dazzled by the avian delights on offer at Boulmer today (?). The patch was absolutely still with very little to raise a binocular to. Good enough to make an appearance in the notebook were 1 Wheatear, 1 Moorhen, 2 Whimbrel on Seaton Point beach and 4 Red breasted Merganser flew north.

From here we gave Newton Pool a check then on to the Long Nanny bay to see if any Little Terns had arrived. They hadn't. At the pond 3+ Sedge Warblers and a couple of Grasshopper Warblers were singing well. The Gropper, above, showed quite well out in the open for a while.

Onwards to Monks house where the Garganey from last night was hiding with the Nanny Little Terns and all the stuff from Boulmer ( thats right, we dipped). A few Shovelers were active chasing around in a mating frenzy. 1 Wheatear was in the dunes and a Yellow Wagtail called once but remained unseen.

This afternoon Jane, Bunty and I had a drive west along the River Aln past Whittingham. I was on a small road that was totally new to me at Eslington. 4+ male Redstarts sang and showed over about a mile stretch of old roadside trees. Tremendous birds, I'll definately try on a brighter day for a photo.

5 comments:

patsy said...

Used to live near you, miss it madly, and it's wonderful to see what amazing wildlife there is in the locality.It's such a pleasure to pop in and see what you've captured in your lens. Your pictures are amazing, I've learned so much, thank you..please keep up the good work!

nicola said...

how nice you both met up again... those groppers sure do have a voice dont they, the way their beaks vibrate amazes me

Arthur Clewley said...

you've reminded me of watching the swallows keeping their youngsters stocked up on bugs in the arches and hideaways at Dunstunburgh BB. Don't know how get such great pictures, I just get home and find a black dot in the sky.

mutterings and meanderings said...

I love swallows. The horses' field was teaming with them again tonight swooping low to catch the flies.

BB said...

Thanks for all your comments, I'm glad you like the pics.

Cheers.