Monday, 2 July 2012

Red-necked Phalarope, Backworth Flash.

The above mentioned bird is showing well in the corner of the flash. Viewed this morning, Monday between 6.30 - 7.00 from track that passes through the kennels. Fairly distant for images but was seen 3/4 times quite clearly through scope.
A phone call to Howdon Blogger late last night and John was picking me up on Station Road in Wallsend at 5.30. We tried to find bird from the road initially but no success before heading out on the track. The bird however was probably showing from the road when it appeared. Also seen was a Common Sandpiper,a couple of Oystercatchers, Grey Heron, 2 female Shovelers and assorted ducks and gulls. Our first good bird of the day however was a Barn Owl lifting from just behind the flash before heading out to hunt over the fields. Ironically John is back at work today following a weeks holiday, dropping me back home before heading into town following a poor week off work birdwise. He left me going in after that week off with a smile on his face.( How often do you do that?) The Phalarope and Barn Owl viewings cheering us both up.



  1. Cheers's much better than wading around in some sort of slurry !!

  2. John, makes up (very slightly) for the flooding perhaps? At least you seem to have a decent council.

    Cheers Keith

  3. It eased the pain a bit.
    Cheers Keith.

  4. Sorry to hear about the flooding john, hope everything returns to normal as soon as possible! Great getting the red-neck, think even then the barny might have been my favorite though!

  5. My first Red-necked Phalarope ever and first Barn Owl of the yeare (that i can think of) But i must admit as the Phal. was quite distant i did prefer my sighting of the Barnie this morning. The Phal. was the female of the species and in breeding plumage but as i said it was around 75 - 100 metres away.
    Thanks for your kind words................BUT A MUG WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER !!!!! lolol
    Thanks again Sam, look forward to hooking up for a birding session with you and the OGG sometime soon.

  6. Ahhhhhhhhhh I knew it, everyone will be wanting a mug like mine now! When you get out birding with Sam and I John you'll be birding with TWOGGs! :-)