Tuesday, 20 April 2021

A canny day out…

 …up on the moors.

Probably the most photographed Tawny Owl in the northeast.





And one of the most photographed Little Owl in the northeast.





An unusual angle but it was sitting right above the car.


A male Pied Flycatcher




A male Redstart.


Song Thrush



Mistle Thrush


Treecreeper.


A different Treecreeper.


A female Red Grouse.


Red Squirrel.







Sunday, 18 April 2021

Sticks

 As you can see I have been making some more sticks. Normal service will resume ASAP.











Thursday, 15 April 2021

Urban Peregrine

 A few days ago, I spent the morning with this Peregrine and what a cracking bird it is.

It was a little too far away for any decent images.


It had a bit of a stretch.


Before taking off.



It flew around for a while.


Then landed here. It couldn’t be further from the cliffs where they normally breed.


About to land


It got its eye onto a scrap of something


And had it for lunch.


Once again it flew around




It checked me out 


Then flew off high escorted by Gulls.





Tuesday, 13 April 2021

What a difference…

 …a day makes. I went up onto the moors at the weekend and while it was cold on Saturday, it was positively wintry on Sunday with a covering of snow. Despite the weather, it was a canny weekend.

One of the birds I went up to the moors to see was Wheatear and there were a few around. This one is a female.




Males were also showing well.




This male did not like other males encroaching on its patch.


A Thrush singing its heart out from the top of a tree on Saturday.


Same Thrush singing away in the same tree on Sunday.


Male Wheatear sitting on a rock in the snow.


Female Wheatear



Meadow Pipit.



The snow did not stop this Wren from singing.


This small piece of ice caught my eye. It was hanging by a thread from a bridge handrail and was spinning in the breeze. I just love the way the different facets catch the light as it spins.