Sunday, 28 November 2010

Cambois snow storm

Hubby and I popped down to Cambois beach and Blyth Harbour yesterday to try and get a few pictures for his flickr site and do a bit of birding at the same time. I have just found out that Snow Buntings were at the other side of the harbour...bloody hell I missed them.
Anyway the weather was ok when we started off and saw some Eider Ducks being sensible and staying close to shore, a couple of Cormorants flew over and loads of Gulls were dotted here and there. On the rocks closer to the Harbour Oystercatcher and Redshank were scratching about for food and Sanderlings were spotted running in and around the water line. Pippits were seen on the dunes trying to take shelter from the snow that was starting to fall. To my delight a Turnstone was spotted and also a Heron. On the way back to the car a couple of Curlew had joined the Oystercatcher and Redshanks. The snow storm cleared for a couple of shots for hubby's flickr but as my eye balls were almost frozen I headed back to the car.

Not many garden birds seen today a couple of Starlings, Dunnock and Sparrow. A Magpie popped into say hello and a Blackbird stopped by for some bread. Feeders are starting to get a bit of attention and some squabbling broke out over the fatballs. Hopefully the snow will thaw soon.....not really likely though.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Peregrine and Plovers

Popped to Cresswell for half an hour at the hide to find out I had just missed a Peregrine Falcon, what a shame if I hadn't chopped the veg in preperation for my soup making later today I could of seen it, never mind plenty of other birds to be seen from the hide.
Loads of Gloden Plover were on the sand bank along with Lapwing, Curlew and Redshank. I would of probably guessed they were Golden Plover but a guy pointed them out which isn;t quite the same as discovering them for yourself. Along with the Plover there were very cute Dunlin, now these I did need help on as I thought they were Sanderlings but then again I am often wrong.

Off in the distance I spotted some Golden Eye which were a delight and a couple of Heron were perched at the waters edge. A little Grebe swam out of the reeds and Teal were abundant. Widgeon were dotted about and I spotted 1/2 dozen Snipe near the sand bank which were a delight to watch. A large colony of Whooper Swans dropped in and a first of the season for me which was nice.

All in all a very productive half an hour and with the soup making beckoning I headed home with a smile on my face.