Saturday, 28 September 2019

Redcar Tarn

Saturday 28th September p.m.
 This morning was a washout so I ventured up to Redcar Tarn this afternoon when the sun was out with a temperature of 15°C.The first bird of note was a Juvenile Lesser Black-backed Gull with a Green leg ring number N:D81 which had been seen earlier in the week, on the BOG site is reported as being ringed this summer in Bowland, Lancashire.
  There was also a much bigger Juvenile close by which by its size I put down to being a Greater Black-backed Gull.There were also a good many other Juvenile Gulls and c50 BH Gulls, Lapwings numberd 25 along with a similar number Starlings.There was a flock of c50 Linnets and on the water there were five Goosanders along with the Tufteds and Canadas. I also saw seven Pied Wagtails, Rooks, Jackdaws and a Grey Heron.
Juvenile LBB Gull, Green Leg Ring N:D81

Juvenile Great Black-backed Gull

GBB & LBB Gulls


Grey Heron



Pied Wagtail


female Tufted

male Tufted

Redcar Tarn 28/9/2019

Sunday, 22 September 2019

Harold Park & Park Dam

Sunday 22nd September a.m.
 A gloomy morning with full cloud cover at Harold Park and a temperature of 13°C where there were two Adult Mute Swans with a Juvenile.The usual Great Crested Grebe was present along with Canadas, BH Gulls, LBB Gulls, Tufteds, Coots and Moorhen.
 Down the road at Park Dam it was very quiet but there was a G.C.Grebe with a Juvenile, a Grey Heron flew over and things were brightened up when two Kingfishers flew across the Lake.

G.C.Grebe feeding Juvenile

Grey Heron

LBB Gull with juvenile

Mute Swan with Juvenile

Tufted Duck

Harold Park 22/9/2019

Saturday, 21 September 2019

Redcar Tarn

Saturday 21st September a.m.
A foggy start to the morning which by the time I reached Redcar Tarn was starting to clear with a temperature of 12°C.In the gloom it was good to make out four Teal which I do not see very often here as it brightened up they were easier to recognise.A Grey Heron was near the island and there was a good count of twenty Tufteds, others included BH Gull, LBB Gull, Lapwing, Canada, Jackdaw, Pied Wagtail and Rook.

Grey Heron



LBB Gull

Pied Wagtail


Redcar Tarn 21/9/2019

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Leeming Reservoir

Saturday 14th September a.m.
A good morning with bright sunshine and a temperature of 11°C at Leeming Reservoir, where the first bird I saw was a Grey Wagtail in the bottom stream about 75m away.There were four Swallows overhead and a couple of House Martins, on the water were 50 LBB Gulls, just a few BH Gulls, Tufteds  and a Cormorant.A first for me here was a Little Grebe, a couple of Robins and a Bullfinch were also seen, Chiffchaffs were singing but elusive as were a couple of Willow Warblers.Also good to see some Butterflies, Painted lady have been in abundance recently and a couple of Red Admirals which I have not seen many of this year.


Little Grebe

LBB Gulls


Painted Lady

Red Admiral

Leeming Reservoir

Friday, 13 September 2019

Leighton Moss

Friday 13th September a.m.
 A decent morning with some sunny spells and a temperature of  8°C which meant good driving conditions on my run out to the RSPB Reserve at Leighton Moss.Here the best of the birds were on the pools near Morecambe Bay with c200 Black-tailed Godwits and c100 Redshanks being the bulk of the birds.Plenty waders were on show including Curlew Sandpiper, Dunlin, Spotted Redshank, Ruff, Greenshank, Little Egret and Great White Egret.Others included Teal, Shelduck, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Grey Heron and Gadwall.

GW Egret

Little Egret

Little Grebe



Spotted Redshank

Curlew Sandpiper

Black-tailed Godwit

Leighton Moss 13/9/2019