#121

RE: Bird Sightings in General

in Birds & Birding Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:52 am
by Rob Adair | 397 Posts

Just dropped the eldest son off at Boldon Comp after he missed his bus and the football fields behind what used to be Chuter Ede Comp were alive with a good selection of gulls.

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#122

RE: Bird Sightings in General

in Birds & Birding Tue Feb 15, 2011 10:14 am
by johnsulli | 719 Posts

Hi Rob
I have just come off the Leas and counted a mixed flock of BHG and Commons of c500 next to Blackberry Hills and a further 150 or so next to the Bamburgh oddly no Oysters there today among them.

Also forgot the Grey Wagtail yesterday at the front of the hospital (ST).

Regards
John

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#123

RE: Bird Sightings in General

in Birds & Birding Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:36 am
by IanMc | 343 Posts

Quick look around marine park and pier at dinner time. Just the usual ducks ands swans on the pond, gs woodpecker heard drumming. Pair of pied wags collecting nest material at the back of the fair and carrying it onto the roof of the amusements, seems early? Pair of turnstone by the marine college building.

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mute swan.jpg
pier turnstone.jpg
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#124

RE: Bird Sightings in General

in Birds & Birding Tue Feb 15, 2011 9:11 pm
by johnsulli | 719 Posts

Hi Ian
I like what you have done with the Swan photo, it would make a great pic for framing.

Regards
John

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#125

RE: Bird Sightings in General

in Birds & Birding Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:26 pm
by Rob Adair | 397 Posts

Topped up the cem feeders at 3:30pm, quiet apart from a GSW and a few Greenfinches, Chaffinches, Blue Tits, solitary Robin, solitary Collared Dove and a couple of Woodpigeon.

Made up some "fat rolls" which fit nicely inside the fat ball feeders, using lard, seed, split peas and rice. Lets just hope they're as popular as the filled coconut shells which are currently getting hammered. I've took 3 coconut shells home and refilled them ready for tomorrows trip.

Seriously thinking about "covertly" planting a few Berberis or Pyracanthus bushes in the feeding area for next winter as you can still get bare root hedging plants very cheaply until the end of the month.

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#126

RE: Bird Sightings in General

in Birds & Birding Wed Feb 16, 2011 7:17 am
by Rob Adair | 397 Posts

Forgot to mention suet was also used in the fat rolls (didn't realise you can't edit posts after a certain time).

Just been checking out the HedgesDirectUK website and bare root hedging plants are available until the end of March for immediate delivery. Their prices are very good too if anyone is looking to plant some hedges on the cheap to attract birds or insects, with prices ranging from only 38p for a Blackthorn up to £3 for an English Holly and a pack of 100 mixed native hedging for only £68! I bought a few hedges off them last year and planted them with a little bonemeal in the hole and every one has taken.

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#127

RE: Bird Sightings in General

in Birds & Birding Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:42 am
by IanMc | 343 Posts

Thanks John
Pity it wasn't better light yesterday

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#128

RE: Bird Sightings in General

in Birds & Birding Wed Feb 16, 2011 11:41 am
by johnsulli | 719 Posts

Yeah agree Ian the light lets it down but still a good photo, still you could always brighten it up in photoshop.

Regards
John

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#129

RE: Bird Sightings in General

in Birds & Birding Wed Feb 16, 2011 3:11 pm
by Rob Adair | 397 Posts

Topped the cem feeders up at 8am, usual assortment of birds with nothing out of the ordinary.

Then took the dogs up to Hebburn Riverside Park for a walk. Cormorant, Herring and BH gull, Magpie, Woodpigeon, Mistle Thrush, Crow and a few Blue Tits, again nothing unusual. A sparrowhawk flew across the road at Dougies Tavern on the way back.

River Don saltmarsh this afternoon with the little'un. Played on the swings for a while and then had a walk along the riverbank. Mute Swan, Teal, Mallard, Moorhen, Grey Heron, Crow, Herring and BH gull, Robin, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove and Magpie. Wandered up to the church feeders (which are all empty) and had Blue, Great and LTT, Chaffinch, GSW and a Song Thrush which was the first this year for me.

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#130

RE: Bird Sightings in General

in Birds & Birding Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:30 pm
by Steve Egglestone | 664 Posts

43 Cormorants at roost on a crane in Hebburn shipyard by 5.45pm tonight. The birds took up a third of the lenght of the boom and have in the past ive been told taken up over half the length of it! I remember reading in a DBC report from the 90's about this winter roost, great its still in use.


http://southtynesidebirder.blogspot.com/

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#131

RE: Bird Sightings in General

in Birds & Birding Thu Feb 17, 2011 1:01 pm
by johnsulli | 719 Posts

Pied and Grey Wagtail on the grass at the front of the ST Hospital this afternoon. They seem to be there most days and not sure if they like the soft going after the rains.

Regards
John

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#132

RE: Bird Sightings in General

in Birds & Birding Thu Feb 17, 2011 3:31 pm
by Rob Adair | 397 Posts

Cox Green to Fatfield and back this morning with the wife and dogs in tow. Song Thrush, Grey Heron, Crow, Magpie, Woodpigeon, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Goldfinch, Dunnock, Robin, Blue, Great and LTT, Herring Gull, BH Gull, Mallard, Teal, Redshank, Moorhen, Mute Swan and great views of a GSW hammering away at a tree.

River Don saltmarsh this afternoon with wife and youngest son. Grey Heron, Mallard, Teal, Shelduck, Herring Gull, BH Gull, Magpie, Woodpigeon, Crow, Cormorant. Church feeders (now full) Song Thrush, Dunnock, Chaffinch, Robin, Great, Blue, Coal and LTT.

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#133

RE: Bird Sightings in General

in Birds & Birding Thu Feb 17, 2011 7:36 pm
by Rob Adair | 397 Posts

Homemade "fat rolls" in the cem feeders have all disappeared in only 2 days and they were roughly the size of 3-4 fat balls each. I'll knock up another batch tomorrow as we're forecast snow over the weekend and the feeders were absolutely hammered during the last spell of cold weather. 20+ Goldfinches in the large tree to the left of the cem entrance at 4pm today.

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#134

RE: Bird Sightings in General

in Birds & Birding Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:40 pm
by johnsulli | 719 Posts

Originally posted by Rob Adair
Homemade "fat rolls" in the cem feeders have all disappeared in only 2 days and they were roughly the size of 3-4 fat balls each. I'll knock up another batch tomorrow as we're forecast snow over the weekend and the feeders were absolutely hammered during the last spell of cold weather. 20+ Goldfinches in the large tree to the left of the cem entrance at 4pm today.



It like a small cottage industry you' ve got going there Rob.

Regards
John

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#135

RE: Bird Sightings in General

in Birds & Birding Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:17 pm
by Steve Egglestone | 664 Posts

Nice one Rob with the fat rolls..Our lass is planning to try and harvest fruits(Blackberries etc.) this year to freeze and use in a similar type style...any hints and tips will be useful. Jan watched a woody today on the fatball feeder, whilst standing half way between the fence and the back feeders in the small encloser here. Some of the birds appear to be becoming far more bolder and used to human company.(and Max)

46 Cormorants on the Hebburn crane this evening.


http://southtynesidebirder.blogspot.com/

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