October 19th 2015 This week Members’ sightings included:- harvest mice, wood mice, bank voles, short tail voles, pigmy shrews at RSPB Saltholme; Kingfisher at RSPB Saltholme and Low Coniscliffe; Fox in Darlington; flock of curlew at Bolton-on-Swale; Black Adder at Westgate. The Mycology Section Organiser found 15 fungi around Cockerton, including Peniophora Cinerea lichen on a twig.
October 15th 2015 Tony Devos, Programme Manager for Limestone Landscapes Partnership, gave a talk entitled “Limestone Landscapes”. Durham Magnesian Limestone Plateau is known as National Character Area Profile 15 which stretches from South Shields to Newton Aycliffe. Penshaw Monument is built on an ancient barrier reef. A Flying Lizard fossil was found at Hetton-le-Hole in […]
October 5th 2015 This week Members’ sightings included:- Noctule Bats at High Coniscliffe; Mink at Low Coniscliffe; Great White Egrets at RSPB Saltholme; Autumn Gentian on Great Dun Fell; Hummingbird Moth and Speckled Wood Butterfly in Darlington. The Mycology Section Organiser set out a display of her recent finds such as Hoof Fungus, Lilac Bell […]
October 5th 2015 John Buxton, the Club’s President, gave a talk entitled “Photography in Our Natural Environment”. This covered insects, botany, fungi, birds, mammals, amphibians, geology, and archaeology he had seen in and around Hurworth and Darlington, Teesdale, Swaledale, Durham Coast, South Gare, Saltburn, North Yorkshire Moors, the Lake District, Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire, and […]
Darlington and Teesdale Naturalists Field Club Outing to Teesmouth on 27th Sept 2015 Leader Leader D.I.Griss. Eight members and friends met at Abbey Road on a dull foggy morning but by the time we reached the Greatham Creek car park the visibility had improved and we had been joined by another two members. The weather continued to improve so that we were soon enjoying a warm sunny autumn day. It was low tide so no Seals were basking on the mud near the bridge and as the area had been disturbed by a bait digger we moved off towards Seal Sands getting good views on the way of Redshank Curlew Teal and a Grey Heron. When we arrived at the hide the tide was rising and we were able to watch it gradually move the birds, mainly Redshank Curlew and Dunlin with some Cormorant and Little Egret, from the mud. Seals which had been hauled out on the mud also moved and we saw a stream of them move up the creek. The more interesting of the birds on the mud were a number of Grey Plovers all in winter plumage. Walking back to the bridge we had good views of a number of seals at very close range. One Grey seal was lying in shallow water close to our bank of the creek and surfaced several times to get a better view of the strange crowd on the sea wall. By the time we reached the bridge the number of seals there had risen from 0 to 51. Also on the way back those at the front of the party had a fleeting glimpse of a Kingfisher. We gathered at Saltholme for lunch and afterwards split into two groups. One walked round the lake via the Wildlife watch point to get better views of the female Smew which was fishing in the lake. The smaller group went to the Saltholme pool hide where a wide selection of wildfowl could be seen. In addition to the species we had already seen Pintail, Ruff, Golden Plover, Great Crested Grebe and for a short time a Great White Heron were also seen. At 16.30hrs. we returned to the visitor centre and then home after an interesting and enjoyable day.. D.I.Griss.