Monday, 9 March 2009

Seaton Common, Hartlepool, Cowpen Bewley - Teeside

A trip to Seaton Common on Friday, Curlews, Wigeons, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Lapwing. Walked to Blue Lagoon, waterside we spotted Red Breasted Merganser & Oystercatchers. In the estuary Grey Seals hauled out on the banks & Red Breasted Mergansers battled the breeze on the middle of the river. Inland, in front of the Power Station, Shelduck, Canada Goose & Oystercatchers huddled round a puddle and Skylark provided the soundtrack to the afternoon. On the way back through the dunes spotted my first buttlerfly of the year, Small Tortoiseshell. Returned on Saturday, saw more Curlews, Wigeon, Lapwing, Teal & a Reed Bunting in its natural habitat. Skylark still rolling out the tunes. Knackered, time for a rest!

Visit Teeside Bird Club for more info on the area

Seaton Common

Shelduck, followed by a longshot of the same Shelduck accompanied by Canada Geese and Oystercatcher.
Small Tortoiseshell

Red Breasted Mergansers in the estuary

Wigeon on the Common, perform their best Hilda Ogden mural formation.

One of many Curlew

Lapwing, they maybe a relatively common bird, but I realise that I've underestimated just how colourfully varied their plumage is, what a nice surprise.

A flock of Wigeon with the Ghost Ships in the background
Three Little Egret on the Common, followed by a close up of two of the three birds (in case there's any doubt that 3 white carrier bags were masquerading as Little Egret).Reed Bunting in its natural habitat

Later we walked along Hartlepool Headland. On the way, along the Tees Road we caught a glimpse of a Merlin. At the headland by the tide edge were Oystercatchers, Redshanks, Turnstones and Sandpipers (purple we think).

Get off moy land!
A Little Egret, snapped by Maureen, near Greatham Creek

Sunday, first visit to Cowpen Bewley Woodland Park. Lazily, from the car we spotted the usual suspects Finches, Tits, Robin, Blackbirds plus a Yellowhammer and a Reed Bunting. Later on, at Seaton Common 3 Little Egrets. Saltholme Pools, Tufted Duck, Canada Geese, Pink Footed Geese. To cap it off, on the way back to Leeds, on the Ring Road we were welcomed home by a Roe Deer.

Cowpen Bewley Woodland Park
Oliver Reed Bunting (grrrrrr)

1 comment:

  1. I like those pics with the contrasting industrial backgrounds. Finches are great.


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