Its not just for the birds.

Coal tit was a major news item this week.  Calling in Leazes Park it probably did not realise the significance as it became the 20th species for every tetrad.  If I had not been so smug about Swift when they arrived it probably could have been 21.  But there are some that are close enough to keep the next 6 weeks a bit interesting. The species and the date they made 25 tetrads are below:

Blue Tit

28-Jan

Carrion Crow

28-Jan

Herring Gull

18-Feb

Woodpigeon

18-Feb

Magpie

19-Feb

Great Tit

23-Feb

Jackdaw

08-Mar

Feral Pigeon

26-Mar

Dunnock

27-Mar

Goldfinch

27-Mar

Lesser Black-backed Gull

27-Mar

Wren

01-Apr

Blackbird

01-Apr

Robin

01-Apr

Chaffinch

08-Apr

Starling

16-Apr

House Sparrow

16-Apr

Chiffchaff

11-Sep

Black-headed Gull

11-Sep

Coal Tit

11-Nov

 

Six weeks I cant believe I have kept this madness up so long, but there is still work to do.  Birds to find.  Surprises, like the woodcock which jumped for cover on the highest point of Windy Nook.  I imagine it as a newly arrived migrant -tired and hungry and in Gateshead.  WTF! The other stars are the largely unsung heros, plants that provide the back drop to our lives with no real champion for centre stage.  I have talked of Ragwort and Willowherbs, but these two photos were taken close to each other in R.  Just along from the SaltMeadows Kittiwake tower.  They will last I am sure until the council decide to tidy them up.  Make them safe.  Until then get a long and take a butchers. buddlia rowan 3

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