On the 22nd August 2017….
My visits to Exhibition Park in the centre of Newcastle have become even more frequent this year, since I started counting wetland birds for the BTO monthly surveys. This month has been particularly good with the presence of some spring/summer migrants stopping off for a short time on their way to their winter homes.
A Spotted Flycatcher was still present this afternoon. It has now been present for at least three weeks; still to the left of the lake, high above in the trees. I rarely am lucky to enjoy this exciting flycatcher in Newcastle.
No sign of the Redstarts which have been around, however the nearby trees continue to be alive with dozens of Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers. Amazing to see so many in one place. At least one Garden Warbler remained in the area.
Not far, close to the visiting Chinese circus, making good use of local wooden fences, a Wheatear was relaxing in the sun, on the Newcastle Town Moor. No sign of any Whinchat’s today, however 1-2 had been in the area over the past few days.