Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Newts & Pied Flycatcher (Tue 12th May)

First post of the new blog welcome to all of you who are looking at my blog! in other words Hi Gary and someone who has got the wrong web page. But I am gonna try and get the word out to all who would be interested and keep it updated with all my sightings and Learnings.
Headed out early 8am early which is early for me! my friend flaurence the famrer always says 'you only think there is one 6 oclock in a day'. Anyway I went to pick up my pecker partner gary Edward Storey and on the way driving through Cordy Hill i seen a raptor of some sort which looked bigger than a buzzard and red colouration on it but was not sure at all as it was just a glanse. With Gaz we called into Warwick Bridge to walk down a public route along side a tributary of the river Eden whre we heard a Kingfisher, well gary did, we also seen two greylag geese. I also taught gary the distinguishable differences and featured between a Swallow, swift and a house martin with the swallow having the pointy fork Tail and the Swift having the body shape similar to an anchor and the house martin having the white rump. We did not see any otters that we were hoping ot see but maybe next time as the famous saying goes. We moved onto the main attraction of Geltsdale where we called into Jockey Shield to get scope and binos and headed down to the small wood on the other side of the river Gelt which is full of Silver Birch and John Master Milo had heard the pied flycatcher calling the other morning. In the woodland we were delighted to see Smooth newts in one of the three ponds with Gary Catching one using the Quick Hand Scoop technique.

Next thing we know when admiring the many Smooth newts Gazzateer heres a unique unrecognisable alarm call which could well be what he is looking for to mkae his 201st different UK bird sighting and with Great Success it was there purched just chiling right above the pond we were at and diddnt seen to be bothered by our presense.

Sorry this is the best snapshot I could get of the pied flycatcher as we took this using phonescopping using my 2mp Cell phone and my dads pair of Leica Binos we also could not stop laughing while doing it which made the shacking 10 times worse so this is the best out of a bad bunch!
After admiring the flycatcher and newts together for around 45 minutes we moved onto Talkin head hoping to see yellowhammer and a Sparrowhawk. The week before my dad had set me the task of seeing the Yellowhammer that evening but I was unsuccessful so was hoping today would be the day. Walking along the top track a bird flashed right across me in the colour of a shade of yellow so was pritty sure that was the bird, but within seconds after that a male sparrowhawk shot right across our path and as we admired it it seemed to be making a kill in the way it positioned its body and lifted its talons up. We also admired Buzzards and Kestrels displaying over the valley so was overall a good news day and hoping for more to come!

Sightings Recorded:
  • 2 Buzzards
  • 2 Kestrel
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Short eared Owl
  • 20+ Smooth Newts
  • Heard Kingfisher!
  • Sparrowhawk
  • Yellowhammer?
  • Pied Flycatcher
  • Wild Garlic!

1 comment:

  1. House Martins have white rumps, sand martins dont't.
    sand martins are a browny colour and have no white rump

    excellent blog ewan, keep it up!