Finally Some Birding - Monday 26th August 2013

After spending several days & weekends doing DIY stuff around the house/garden, Mrs Y & I (plus Noddle) finally got out to do some birding.

We headed to Tynemouth Pier following reports of a Wryneck, but after nearly two hours of staring at some bushes & no sign we decided to head further up the coast.

Today's Sightings Included:

Tynemouth:- Goldfinch, Whitethroat, Sparrow-hawk, Linnet, Greenfinch & House Martin.

Cresswell:- Greenshank, Sandwich Tern, Spotted Redshank & Redshank.

East Chevington:- Greenshank, Lapwing, Grey Heron, Golden Plover, Knot, Ruff, Common Tern, Great Crested Grebe, Great Black Backed Gull, Curlew & Dunlin.

Wryneck in there somewhere!
Cresswell Pond
East Chevington

Seabird and cetacean cruise to the Farne Deeps (Wed 14th August 2013)

Noddle & I meet up with the others at Royal Quays to board the boat with our guide Martin for the Northern Experience Wildlife Tour trip to Farnes Deep.

For a few years I have wanted to do the 10 hour trip, after having wonderful experiences on short NEWT pelagics in the past.

Today's Sightings:-

Cetaceans - Minke Whale, Harbour Porpoise & between 50-60 White-Beaked Dolphins
Birds - Arctic Skua, Great Skua, Sooty Shearwater, Manx Shearwater, Fulmar, Puffin, Razorbill, Guillemot & various Gulls.

WBD - Photo by Stephen Wales

WBD - Photo by Stephen Wales

WBD - Photo by Stephen Wales
Here is the blog posting from our NEWT guide HERE.