Thursday, 21 March 2013


Whilst passing I quickly checked Arcot Pond this morning. Nothing new apart from a diving Little Grebe and 60 or so bathing Black Headed Gulls. I scanned through the ducks and gulls hoping for something rarer but no luck, not even a Chiffchaff singing yet.

Later on I went to the easterly border of Cramlington at Laverock Hall Farm in search of the Tree Sparrows spotted there at the weekend. The farm itself is just outside the patch boundary but the row of cottages on the opposite side of the road are just inside and luckily the Tree Sparrows were there this morning.

It was hard to get a proper idea of how many were there as they were in and out of the cottage gardens and mixed amongst a flock of House Sparrows. I have passed here many times before and regularly buy birdseed but have only even seen House Sparrows.
There were at least four Tree Sparrows in the trees above the stables and around the same number in the hedges surrounding the cottages.

The fields behind the cottages are usually good for Golden Plover most winters but they only held Lapwing today.


Northumbrian Birding said...

Little Owl used to nest in the
roof capping of the long shed but sadly not for some years, anyway no good to you as they would have been outside of Cram area !!!!

Crammy Birder said...

I'm sure there would have been some way of seeing them from the other sie of the road :) Probably the best record from there I have heard of is the Icterine Warbler LMcD saw in the 90's!

Northumbrian Birding said...

I forgot I did have an unidentified Eagle fly low over the roundabout as I was on my scooter heading to Laverock Farm all I noted was the outer web of the secondaries were whitish .

Crammy Birder said...

Was this recently!