Friday, 29 May 2009

Day out to the North East (Thur 21st May)

Cant remember what time we set off at cos it was more than a week ago when we went but it was fair early about 7am. I picked up Gary from his Broffle and we headed east for the day with the first major sighting been a stoat crossing the road 10 meters from us. Two kestrels also hovering roadside on route to Rowlands Gill. On the trip across I was showing gaz how to drive properly as he has got a lot to learn the road knowlodge, (you know its true Garath). The highlight of the day is now as Gary said he would give me £100 if we diddnt see any so i was in a win/win situation but would rather see these in the wild than have 100 pun! Anyway as soon as we entered Rowlands Gill a Red Kite was circling just above us quite low down and it was the first RK id ever witnessed which i was delighted about! as We drove through the village towards Garys house we seen another couple in the skies and it made my realise that he lives in a superb area with the introduction of the RKs so close to him.

We went for a stroll in Chopwell woods which is a large woodland just next to Rowlands Gill Which is full of wildlife. Bird sightings in the woodland were Chaffinch and Blackcap and also Bullfinch. Plenty of Grey Squirrels around which shows they are well and trully making there way up the country. Talking of Squirrels I still havent had a Red Squirrel sighting in Geltsdale this year as they are a common afair in years gone by. We came across some small ponds on the edge of the woodland so me and gary the Pro Newt catchers moved in to see what small amphibians we could spy. The first one we seen was doing a lot of chilling and sunbathing but then we discovered it was dead but we still counted it as a recoreded sighting! We seen about half a douzen more after that but gary was not sharp enough to catch any so we moved on.

We moved down to the river hoping for kingfisher and enjoyed a sighting of a dipper and its young chick then just when we were leaving Gary heard the Short whistle like call of the Kingfisher and when we looked down we seen a flash of blue moving down stream and as it stopped on an over hanging branch we got a good view admiring the Kingfisher for a few minutes before it moved on, Success!

Next stop was to head over to the east coast to Creswell Pond where we went to the nature reserve with some well set out bird Hides to view out of. When we parked up in Garys Chav motor an old wise man told us about three otters just been viewed playing in one of the water reserves so I was excited to see them as we werent successful in seeing them in Isle Of Mull on the easter weekend. The first hide we went to we spent about 15 min scanning for otters with no joy again! We got a few herons and a Ringed Plover, also a good number of Common Tern and Arctic Tern. We viewed a huge number of Woodpigeon in the distance with a Buzzard circling above. We went to check out the second hide which included sightings of a common sandpiper, Oystercatcher, Tufted Duck and a clumsy herron that fell over on its long thin legs. We made way back to the first hide to look for the otters again but they must just keep hiding when they see me coming! A guy was in the hide with an impressive SLR camara and good sized lense which i am going to own one day when my money tree starts to blossom!

Duridge bay was the next port of call right on the coast with some stunning beaches and views out to sea. Had a quick scan for whales out on the ocean but who the hell was I kidding. Went to a small nature reserve with Noisy metal hides which some bird watchers had covered in graffiti with things like Gaz Y2K was Ere! which was unfortunate but the hides were crud anyway to be honest. Seena number of herons, Ringed Plver, Comoront, Dunlin. We started to get cold and hungry so we went back to Garys Residence for tea where we had gorgous home made Lasagne and Garlic Bread and also seen another two Red Kites acctually Circling over his house viewing them from the garden so was a great finish to the day.

Still waiting on the flaming camara to come so sorry for no pictures again which will make my blogs look a lot more professional. Also need to learn to publish my blogs at the time of my trips and sightings because I end up forgetting bits of it but I will get better as im still getting into the routine of blogging!

Sightings record

Rowlands Gill / Chopwell Woods
  • Red Kite 8+
  • Smooth Newts 10+
  • Grey Squirrel 15
  • Kingfisher
  • Dipper 2
  • Blackcap 2
  • Kestrel 2
  • Chaffinch 2
  • Bull Finch 2
  • Goosander
  • Mallard 6
  • Stoat

Duridge Bay

  • Heron 10
  • Ringed Plover
  • Common Tern 20+
  • Arctic Tern 20+
  • Cormoront
  • Redshank
  • Dunlin
  • Linnett

Creswell Pond

  • Common Tern
  • Sandwich tern 10+
  • Common Sandpiper
  • Godwall
  • Tufted Duck
  • Shellduck
  • Redshank
  • Oystercatcher
  • Tree Sparrow
  • Sedge warbler
  • Black Headed Gull
  • Common Gull
  • Curlew
  • Pied Wagtail
  • Buzzard
  • Heron
  • Woddpigeon 500+

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