Friday, 8 November 2013

Nuts and Creepers and A Few Other Things

Just a couple of pictures and videos from last weekend.  Still can't find the time to do everything I want so have had to wait till Friday again.  On Saturday a visit to Gosforth Park before the weather turned bad and John and I ended up with Sausage and Chips watching the wildlife on Killingworth pond, which included a couple of Goldeneye and a Goosander.

These two had a bit of a vicious tussle for control of the island

Great views of up to 3 Nuthatch, 2 Treecreepers and Coal Tits in the Feeding Station

On the walk round we saw plenty of Wigeon from the Screen near the Racecourse but also spotted three Grey Squirrels.  3 Roe Deer, a Buzzard, Kestrel and lots of Cormorants with LBJs flitting around us quite a lot also entertained the two of us.  Had to get the full walk around before the weather brought the inevitable clinging mud which make your boots feel like a bag of spuds is attached to each foot.  A short compilation video of Nuthatches is posted below.

On Sunday I headed for Big Waters but once again didn't manage the walk round as I got distracted (really the wind was bloody awful) and hid observed the wildlife from the hide.  I was joined by Graeme B and then a bit later by Alan and Ian after their short walk round.  There was a couple of new visitors, a female Goosander and a Goldeneye.

This Buzzard caused quite a furor amongst the wildlife on the pond (see video)

At last the Great Crested Grebe got off its spot on the North Scrape which it seemed to have been glued to for the last two weeks

Just can't get enough shots of Wigeons flying

A Teal coming quite close to the hide

A few of the 100+ Greylags arriving

Some of the Greylags that landed in the North Field then decided it would be easier to walk to the the water but hadn't noticed that there was a fence in the way, although it looks like they sated their thirst in a small flash of water just behind the fence

Little Grebes never fail to grab my attention with their fishing antics

The strong winds mentioned before forced this plane to come in at an unusual angle (see video)

At last the Goldeneye managed to come close enough for a long distance shot

Finally a small compilation video of the day

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