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Can anyone please confirm what range the Stilt Sand. is showing at from the hide at Cresswell? Thanks.

It depends I think, when I was there on Saturday it was right across the far side and I only saw it because someone kindly let me look through their scope but I think it has often been seen on the sand bank in front of the hide where it would be easily viewable with bins.
 
It depends I think, when I was there on Saturday it was right across the far side and I only saw it because someone kindly let me look through their scope but I think it has often been seen on the sand bank in front of the hide where it would be easily viewable with bins.

Thanks for info.
 
After more info. if anyone can help. I know last week there were good numbers of Roseate Terns on Inner Farne, does anyone know if any are still present up to press?

Thanks a lot. Just trying to plan trip to area and maximise birds.
 
I was SUCH a bad wife last night :-O Did a double shift at work (6am start) then home by 3pm, grab a cuppa then out along to Amble to look for the Caspian Gull. Found him in the harbour amongst the fishing boats and got a good luck at his ring when he flew up on top of a light ~ Lifer no. 225 :t:

Then on down to Cresswell as it was such a lovely warm evening. No sign of the Stilt Sandpiper (tho' it had been present earlier on) but a good flock of Lapwing, 9 Snipe, 1 Little Egret, 1 Greenshank, 5 Knot, 4 Ruff, Mediterranean Gull, Common Sandpiper, Avocet & young, 2 Sandwich Tern, Black-tailed Godwit, umpteen Dunlin and what looked to me like a female Scaup (?). Barn Owl hunting the fields behind.

Then on to Budge Fields & other two hides at Druridge Pools. Quite a few Teal, Mallard, Snipe, Swallow feeding a nest of young, Greenshank, Ruff, Spotted Redshank, juvenile Yellow Wagtail.

As I left Druridge and pulled over to take a photo of the awesome cloud formations a Buzzard flew overhead towards the Budge fields and three Little Egret flew up!

Barn Owl hunting fields opposite turn off to Shortridge Hall.

Eventually got home at 9.25pm.....not bad for ''just popping along to Amble to look for a seagull'' ;) :-O
 
Northumberland County Council are going to be removing the boardwalk at Druridge Pools during the first week of September, access may be difficult for an hour or two during this week.

They will then start re-surfacing work on Monday 8th September which will mean the path is closed from then until the work is complete, hopefully reopening late afternoon Friday 11th September.
 
Excellent close ups of a single Knot and a Ruff from the public hide at Holywell Pond at lunchtime. Some great views of Long tailed Tit and Goldcrest at Rising Sun Country Park this evening.
 
glad to see report of a stint at castle idland! last time i was tehre the water was far too high for good waders (

hope to get down there this week and see whats about. wish life wasnt so busy atmo, during peak wader passage!
 
Cresswell Pond

A quick visit today, not much from the hide, but Ruff, Curlew Sandpiper and Little Stint by the causeway. A hide, or at least a screen up at that end would be useful.
 
Had a fly-over from a beautiful, ghostly barn owl coming out of Stannington Station towards Morpeth last night around 10:30.
 
Tynemouth

Wonderful to see Kingfisher on rocks off Sharpness Point earlier this morning. Had one once years ago, but still a real treat and brightened up a dull morning.
 
There were a good 1500 golden plover at St Mary's lighthouse yesterday, repeatedly lifted by the rising tide and each time circling over our heads and settling very close by while me and my two girls ate our lunch on the seaward side of the island :)
 
Having had a teal species that caused much debate recently in Worcestershire, what is the view on the "Blue-winged Teal" currently in Northumbria and are there any photos available?
 
For comparison; http://www.birdforum.net/opus/Image:608-03640fg2_Female_Blue-winged_Teal.jpg
Note pale on cutting edges on this bird too (contra e.g. Collins).

Depending on angle of view (especially head on) and lighting, the loral spot can appear much more obvious on the Castle Island bird in the field then in the photos, and the pale ground colour to the ear-coverts colder and more grey-white. Bill shape looks pretty much correct (distinctly spatulate). I did ponder the bill length a bit however (my initial impression was that it looked a bit short).
 
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