Thursday, 15 May 2014

15th May

Started the day at tower car park where i had a calling cuckoo from the south side also common sandpiper here and 2 swallows.
South dam car park the same cuckoo calling which i heard from the tower car park? also greylag with 15 goslings.
Pow hill cp had a singing spotted flycatcher which showed well, it was also fly catching, shame it started to rain when i got the camera out :( a walk around the cp produced another cuckoo, lesser redpoll, siskins, red grouse, goldcrest, curlew, collard dove, mistle thrush, whitethroat and a red squirrel.
Derwent hide an osprey (no rings on) showed well perched in a tree before flying east towards the dam,2 common sandpipers, 2 drake wigeon, house martin, 10+ sand martin, oystercatcher, 2 great crested grebes and a kestrel with it catch. Nice to have a natter with John (howdon blogger) and his good wife, hope you found somewhere for a nice steak ;)
Blanchland moor a female black grouse showed briefly, breeding waders on show were redshank, curlew, lapwing and oystercatcher, yet another cuckoo in this area, must be 10+ cuckoos in the area around the reservoir.
Slaley forest common buzzard drifted over and another tree pipit.




  1. Thanks for confirming the osprey is unringed, Steven. Keep your eyes open over the next 6 weeks or so when young ospreys will be returning to the UK for the first or perhaps second time. Especially Kielder ones! And thanks for adding us to your sidebar.

  2. Look forward to more ospreys arriving at Derwent reservoir and i'll keep an eye out for your Kielder youngsters. Great read your site, glad to have it on my blog list. Hope We have ospreys breeding at Derwent reservoir soon :)