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  1. Derek Polley

    Mallorca 2022

    Little egret and audouins gulls correct. My thinking on others are: 5 whitethroat. 1 sub-alpine warbler? 2 serin. 3 no idea but not Balearic warbler.
  2. Derek Polley

    Northumbrian Birding

    Trip report here, plus a few other local bits and pieces: http://bangorwestndcp.blogspot.com/2022/02/mid-term-report-from-england.html?m=1
  3. Derek Polley

    Northumbrian Birding

    Great day on Saturday, got ruff, white fronts and Slavonian grebe. Also good views of grey and red legged partridge and stock doves which are scarce/ rare at home. Fulmar at Snab Point, pink foot, Sanderling, grey plover and scoter. Twite flock found with a few skylarks as well. 78 species all...
  4. Derek Polley

    Northumbrian Birding

    Thanks for that, will check Widdrington lake. Smew would be nice.
  5. Derek Polley

    Northumbrian Birding

    If anybody still uses this forum, which doesn't appear much, I'm heading over this weekend and I'm looking for any unusual birds in the Cresswell, Druridge, Chevington, Hauxley area.
  6. Derek Polley

    Is this a Great Spotted Woodpecker?

    Definitely a woodpecker, nice garden tick!!
  7. Derek Polley

    Mallorca 2020

    My favourite is the Great Northern diver calling in the finale of "Skyfall" - in December!!
  8. Derek Polley

    Mallorca 2020

    Thoroughly enjoying the posts and wishing I was there. I can walk the local coastal path along the south shore of Belfast Lough but am missing loads of migrants. No willow warbler singing as yet as I can't get to the right habitat, but at least I am allowed out and really shouldn't complain...
  9. Derek Polley

    Mallorca 2020

    Thought about a May visit but "c'est la vie". I was hoping to be in England over Easter visiting Leighton Moss but even that's on hold. At least I can get out so the local patch will be well covered (54 and counting). Trust you are out before migration really kicks in.
  10. Derek Polley

    Northumbrian Birding

    Trip report on a windy Saturday 22 February: https://bangorwestndcp.blogspot.com/?m=1
  11. Derek Polley

    Northumbrian Birding

    Good day out, report later. 75 species starting with barn owl, finishing with water rail and 3 Marsh harriers in between. Managed not to find the smew due to difficulty in standing up and keeping the scope steady!! PS couldn't find a pied wagtail!!
  12. Derek Polley

    Northumbrian Birding

    Not sure if anyone is using the thread, but it's all I have to use. Hoping to do my annual visit around February 20-22 and looking for anything out of the ordinary in the Cresswell/Druridge/Hauxley area. Plus a place to see yellowhammers
  13. Derek Polley

    Northumbrian Birding

    Nice little terms at Long Nanny but an absence of little owls at the farm on the corner leading into Druridge links. Any updates appreciated as I can check again tomorrow.
  14. Derek Polley

    Northumbrian Birding

    Thanks for that will probably hit Cresswell and Druridge and possibly Long Nanny for little terns
  15. Derek Polley

    Northumbrian Birding

    Heading over from July 25-28 with wheels. Is the Baikal teal still around, or spoonbills or little owls or anything else worth a twitch.?
  16. Derek Polley

    Northumbrian Birding

    Trip report is here as part one of a three part report on Northumberland, Yorkshire/Notts and Lancashire. http://bangorwestndcp.blogspot.com/2019/02/update-from-england-part-1.html Apart from the snow buntings we also managed to miss yellowhammer and greenfinch. Sea watching was non-existent...
  17. Derek Polley

    Northumbrian Birding

    Great day out a couple of weeks ago, but only just home so report will follow re what we saw. 69 species all told with lots expected stuff despite a cold blustery day with showers. We got some we weren't expecting and missed some we should have seen. That's birding for you, never simple...
  18. Derek Polley

    Northumbrian Birding

    Cheers, thanks for all that. Might get another day to go further, wives permitting!! 😂
  19. Derek Polley

    Northumbrian Birding

    Hoping to be back in sunny Northumberland from 8 - 10 February. As usual would appreciate any help, tips, unusual birds in and around Cresswell, Druridge, Hauxley area.
  20. Derek Polley

    Northumbrian Birding

    Cheers, know where that is but didn't know that's what they were called
  21. Derek Polley

    Whinchat help

    Whinchats were south of Capanagh towards Kilwaughter
  22. Derek Polley

    Northumbrian Birding

    Where are the coal road pools at Druridge Bay please.?
  23. Derek Polley

    Northumbrian Birding

    Another cracking day up the coast on our dawn to dusk trip. We started at Linton Lane and proceeded via QE 2, Woodhorn Flash, Snab Point, (+ the Drift Cafe), Cresswell Pond, Druridge Pools, Widdrington Lake, East Chevington, Druridge Bay CP, and Hadston Carrs. The plan to walk to Hauxley and...
  24. Derek Polley

    Mallorca 2018

    We have two glossy ibis in Northern Ireland, and there's a few more down South. No idea what they are playing at!!
  25. Derek Polley

    Northumbrian Birding

    Due to few posts here I am getting in early to ask for the usual heads up re our visit to Cresswell/Chevington/Hauxley on the weekend of 9 _ 11 February. Any advice will be gratefully received.
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