Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Rutter's Birding Mates...

Today was nice and sunny with only a light cloud covering on occasion. John Rutter and myself had taken a day off work to guide an RSPB group from Suffolk up into the Cheviots. A luxury coach loaded the group of 35 off at Wooler into two mini buses to follow us into the valley.





Our previous recce visits paid off and we managed to get them all onto some typical upland Northumberland birds that are either scarce or non existant in Suffolk. We had several Red Grouse pairs including some with young chicks, 3 male Ring Ouzels, Whinchat, Stonechat, displaying Tree Pipits and Redpolls, Cuckoo, Buzzard, Redstart, Dipper and Grey Wagtails. the only miss really was the Ravens we saw on Sunday...




Above - Singing male Redstart miles away....

The only downside of the trip was this...



Take a good look. It is a Green Woodpecker nest hole at the top and the square hole at the bottom is where someone has used a chisel to hack through to rob the nest of its eggs. I remember seeing this very hole many years ago but it was a suprise to relocate it today. The lengths some people will go to...

We had a very successful day with some very nice people. It was a pleasure to take them out.

8 comments:

Warren Baker said...

Well done stewart for showing the good folk around. Pity about the egg theiving tossers!!!

Rambling Rob said...

That's insane re. the Green Woodpecker nest - why would somebody do that? Do they stand to make money? Unbridled idiot-collector instinct?
Looks like it was a good field trip though.

Birding about Northumberland said...

Some people are 'sick'thats all I can say, it's sad to think that people can do that to a nest.

Stewart said...

Hi all, yes its unbelievable the way someone can come back tooled up to destroy a birds family. I bet too that the eggers were from SE Northumberland or Tyneside so it was a long return journey to rob the nest.

Anna said...

John Rutter? You mean, THE John Rutter? As in composer/arranger guy??

Stewart said...

Hi Anna, what a laugh, John as a composer! A decomposer more like!!!He is the chap with the Fred Dibnah cap that did so much work on my house and was in my chimney photos in early April....
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oldcrow61 said...

Sounds like you had a good field trip. Re: the nest...it makes me sick to hear what some humans do.

Andrew at Quicksilverbirds said...

That'll give those Suffolkites from the flat lands of East Anglia a good work out, they're not used to hills. Looks like a good day, apart from the Green Woodie vandalism, more to the point why. Like you in a previous post I'm struggling to blog these days time and tide and all that. Good to keep up though with the Northumbrian news