.........and other birds. I had the car on Sunday for a few hours 'till the footy so headed out to bird but ended up walking 'n birding along the Bowes Railway Path. I had originally planned to visit Burdon Moor and Ravenswoth Fell but having left the car in the small car park opposite the Tanfield Railway i headed off along the path. I passed the spot of the site of Burdon Moor almost immediately but having not been to the area before decided to continue along the old rail line to see what i could come up with. I was enjoying it so much i just kept walking. Lots of Warblers could be seen and heard. Willow warblers, Chiff chaffs and Blackcaps seemed to be all along in the trees and shrubs that lined the way. Having had a conversation a couple of weeks ago regarding the lack of Yellowhammers at the Rising Sun it was great to see numbers of this species coming in from the fields and asking for that "little bit of cheese" before flying off and mainly dropping to the ground. With it being quite early i had the walk almost to myself at this stage with the odd cyclist whizzing by.
Warbler no. 1
I ended up eventually recognising Kibblesworth and decided while i was in the vicinity that i would visit the Brickwork Pools. Saddened to see on arrival that some retard in a 4 wheel drive had used the area as some sort of adventure playground and there were deep tracks all around the site, even through some of the smaller ponds. The sun had been out all morning and although there had been an overnight frost it was pleasant by now but didn't expect and didn't get a Damselfly. I had a couple of male Orange-tip Butterflies and hoards of St. Mark's Flies (the ones with the dangling legs) but no Dingy Skippers which i had been informed can be found at this site. Yet another Warbler kept me entertained as i sat for a while, thinking of the liquid refreshment i had left back in the car, before my return.
Warbler no. 2
The walk back entailed a long steady climb as these waggonways were designed for the trucks to roll down to the banks of the Tyne with the aid of gravity and pulled back by equine means. Not as many birds about now but a very vocal Blackcap allowed a fifteen minute break before i pushed on to call off at Burdon Moor.
Warbler no. 3
I was getting short on time so my visit to Burdon Moor was very brief but i got the lay of the land and sussed out the ponds there, one of which held Broad-bodied Chasers last year and talking to two of the local lads i found out which pond in particular was best. One of the others was pointed out as a spot for Common Hawkers when they appear. The guys i talked to had been there earlier and had returned to try to relocate a Whinchat that they had seen then but no show now. I had walked just over ten km. as i found out later with an ascent of one hundred and sixty metres. I'm returning soon for the Dragonflies here and two other sites i know about and might take in Ravensworth Fell then.