Well, it's the last day of the year and the year list finished on 148 while the Patchwork Challenge ended up with 108 species. Not a bad effort. The trip back up to Mull was good with a nice view of a Red Kite along the way.
Tuesday, 31 December 2013
Saturday, 28 December 2013
A spare couple of hours saw us head out for a bit of relaxing and, of course, some birding. Purple Sandpiper is a superb bird to watch clinging onto the rocks where the sea meets the land. With the tide in they do a bit of foraging around the rock pools.
Thursday, 26 December 2013
The stormy weather is continuing but we are missing the worst of it down in Newcastle. A quick visit to one of my old haunts, Cresswell Pond, was just superb. It's all regular fare for the local birders but a lot of stuff is seen by us just once a year on the Christmas visit. There were plenty of Tree Sparrow on the track down to the hide (a blind for you guys in the States)...
Monday, 23 December 2013
A quick run out to deliver a parcel paid dividends as I came across some of the raptors. First up was a White-tailed Eagle flying past as it got harassed by some of the local birds. Here is a view of two birds with white tails - one is the eagle but what is the other one?
Friday, 20 December 2013
Doc and I on the road again. We found an Iceland Gull among a few other gulls, Common and Herring, and you pick out the colour of the bird, long white primaries and the size compared to the other gulls. When a Barnacle Goose wandered across it gave a whole different size comparison. Big gull or small goose doesn't matter but there is only a couple of centimetres difference, in length, between the birds.
I'll wish you all a Merry Christmas and a wildlife filled New Year - all the best!!
Saturday, 14 December 2013
A run out with Doc was fairly productive but hard work at times - maybe we ask too much! The sun was still casting a red glow across the bay as we made our first stop. The Common Seals were keen to keep an eye on proceedings.
A Dipper was a nice find and reasonably obliging too.