Friday, 31 July 2015


It's been quite quiet on the birding front in Northumberland this summer, so I've decided to do one post to sum the month up.

On the 5th a female Whinchat was at Chevington along with 17 Mediterranean Gulls at Chevington.

Over the weekend of the 18th-19th we headed down to Gloucestershire for the Royal International Air Tattoo. Red Kites were seen from the car in the usual place near York and one headed over RAF Farirford on Sunday, managing to avoid the displays, however another bird forced one of the French Mirage 2000s to stop it's display! If your interested in seeing any of my photos from the airshow click here.

The next day we had a family trip into Tewkesbury and we managed to find some White-legged Damselflies along the River Severn as well as plenty of Banded Demoiselles.

The day we got back we joined the NHSN boat trip around Coquet Island, which resulted in great views of Roseate Terns, and singles of Artic Skua and Manx Shearwater.

Closer to home, Castle Island proved to be the pick of the sites, attracting good numbers of waders over the last couple of weeks including: 8 Black-tailed Godwits, 11 Common Sandpipers and a Ruff on the 23rd, 3 Green Sandpipers, a Greenshank and 8+ Dunlin from the 26th-28th.

A seawatch on the 28th was quiet bird-wise. In 3.5 hours...

40+ Manx Shearwater
8 Shelduck
99 Common Scoter
1 Little Gull
1 Great Skua
1 Whimbrel
5 Little Tern
Plenty of Arctic Terns moving north.

A pod of c.15 Bottlenose Dolphins passed Church Point very close inshore, provding great views, including a few small youngsters and a distinctively scarred adult. 18 Black-tailed Godwits were at Cresswell Pond.

A Roseate Tern flew north passed Hadston on the 29th, only my second addition to PWC15 this month.

PWC 15
Species: 154

Bottlenose Dolphins

Roseate Terns

White-legged Damselflies

Banded Demoiselle