Saturday, 28 March 2015

Purple Sandpiper

 The purple sandpiper is a medium-sized wading birds that is larger, stockier and darker than a dunlin. It is mainly dark grey above and whitish below. It has a downcurved beak and short bright orange legs. In flight it shows a thin white wing-stripe. A couple of pairs nest in Scotland, but this species is mainly a winter visitor to almost any rocky coast in the UK. Most are found in Orkney, Shetland and along the east coast of Scotland and northern England - it is scarce south of Yorkshire, other than Devon and Cornwall. The breeding areas in Scotland are kept secret to protect the birds from egg thieves and disturbance. (LINK)

21/3/15/ Seahouses

Sparrow hawk



Back form over the fence with a Sparrow.


Got back from work to day to find the Kestrel sat on the Trampoline in the garden eating it's catch!! Managed to get in and got my camera,he had just moved to the fence  so managed to get a shot befor he flew off....

Friday, 27 March 2015

Grey Plover

20/3/15*/Beadnell Northumberland

, In summer it has silver and black spotted upperparts, a black face, neck and belly and in winter, it loses the black feathers and takes on a browny-grey look. In both plumages, the rump is white and in flight in winter it shows distinctive black 'armpits'. Like most plovers it stands very upright and tends to run and then suddenly stop to feed. It is generally seen in small numbers, although flocks can form when there is a high tide.(LINK)

Ringed Plover

Orange legs and (stout) orange bill with black tip confirm that this is indeed Ringed Plover. Little 
Ringed Plover has duller (pinkish?) legs and finer all-dark bill (plus yellow ring around eye).

29/6/16:: Beadnell

29/6/16:: Beadnell

The ringed plover is a small, dumpy, short-legged wading bird. It is brownish grey above and whitish below. It has a orange bill, tipped with black, orange legs and a black-and-white pattern on its head and breast. In flight it shows a broad white wing-stripe. Breeds on beaches around the coast, but has also now breeding inland in sand and gravel pits and former industrial sites. Many UK birds live here all year round, but birds from Europe winter in Britain and birds from Greenland and Canada pass through on migration.

Eider duck

2018/ Whitby
2016/ Seahouses
2009/ Seahouses

The UK's heaviest duck, and its fastest flying. It is a true seaduck, rarely found away from coasts where its dependence on coastal molluscs for food has brought it into conflict with mussel farmers. Eiders are highly gregarious and usually stay close inshore, riding the swell in a sandy bay or strung out in long lines out beyond the breaking waves. It is an Amber List species because of its winter concentrations.