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Blue tit

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Blue tit, South Shields

near Newton Garths Farm

Ah, I felt as if I was in the countryside.

I’d left the urban sprawl behind at Brockley Whins Metro Station, South Shields, and descended the hill towards the winding babbling brook that is the River Don, the sun was bright but a stiff wind was whipping the water to produce a minor cacophony of noise, regardless, I struck out to the east, towards the Boldons, Cleadon, and Newton Garths Farm hidden behind Biddick Hall.

I was surprised by the amount of bird activity, and bird song around me, despite it being mid afternoon, the nest builders had already started and were darting about hither and thither, zipping down to the water and back to the trees carrying their loads, it was almost idyllic. I followed the Don upstream, it was little more than three or four feet wide and a few miles away from it’s confluence where it enters the Tyne, yet despite being little less than a few hunfred yards outside of the boundaries of South Shields it felt like the Great British countryside.

“tsee-tsee-tsu-hu-hu-hu-hu” was the song I heard from above, the typical call from the Blue Tit, one of our most common small birds, yet a visit by one of these little charmers to my street would probably be a rare event, he was in the tree above me and his partner was busy lining a nest in a small hole in the tree.

I quite enjoyed the walk, I will return a little later during the summer to walk downstream from the same place.

This picture cropped from a larger image.

Camera details: Pentax K100D, 450 mm lens, 1/250second, f5.6, iso 200

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Written by curly

March 28, 2009 at 12:01 am

Posted in Birds, Colour, South Shields

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  1. Wow, that is a beautiful bird and a wonderful shot. Great job. MB

    MaryBeth

    March 28, 2009 at 2:17 am

  2. Lovely! Thank you for that.

    Jenny

    March 28, 2009 at 8:58 pm


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