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Foolish

Posted on 1 April, 2020 at 5:25 Comments comments (1)

It's not Tuesday and it's not Friday - my blogging days - but thought I would just add this one.  Our NHSN Tuesday bird-watching class has a new 'Covid' WhatsApp group.  Today being April 1st thought I would try a little jape so I posted this lovely picture of a Nightjar (taken last year in Poland) and said I had just seen it the bird on our patio this morning.

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Punctuation

Posted on 31 March, 2020 at 6:00 Comments comments (0)

During the first week of 'lockdown' the weather was lovely and our back garden was a bit of a suntrap. Unfortunately the garden renovation that we are undertaking had to be stopped - now we have lots of bare earth and a big hole for a pond (but no liner - so no water or plants).

What we also have is a new 'mowing strip' just put in at the bottom of the wall that supports our patio.  This faces due south.  The concrete was still dampish....

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Resurrection

Posted on 27 March, 2020 at 13:25 Comments comments (4)

This is certainly a resurrection of this Blog.  Can't believe how long ago it is since I posted.  Luckily I will have been busy with so many other things. But now I have no excuse.
Friday March 27th 2020 - Day 4 of the scheduled 12 week 'shielding' because of Covid 19.  I'm not sure how often to post - and not sure I will have new photos always available.  If I do they will be wildlife seen around our garden. 
Yesterday we had a Comma Butterfl...

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A request

Posted on 17 March, 2019 at 18:40 Comments comments (2)

My friend Peter Tracey has viewed this Blog for the first time.  In his complimentary comments he suggested that the photos would be enhanced by the inclusion of Goldfinches - which recently have been coming to his garden in Holywell.  Happy to oblige...



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2019 - a new year

Posted on 9 March, 2019 at 6:55 Comments comments (0)

We are into March 2019 and it is about time I brought this blog up to date! I've seen 120 bird species so far this year - at a variety of sites: at home in the North East; in Tenerife; and in Scotland.

The year started at St Mary's Island. Lots of usual birds, including Sanderling, Turnstone, Rock Pipit, Gulls (of course) and 3 Snow Buntings - that stayed right through to March.  They have featured on my Facebook page.  Ther was quite a large flock of Curlew ...

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Prespa (Greece and Albania)

Posted on 6 August, 2018 at 6:50 Comments comments (0)

This entry is a bit out of order - but never mind...

In June 2018 Julia and I visited Greece and Albania, the region known as Prespa.  The tour was organised by a company we met at Birdfair 2017 called Balkan Tracks.  We had a personalised tour just for us and our friends Chris and Anne Newman.


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Short break in Scotland

Posted on 29 July, 2018 at 8:30 Comments comments (0)

July 29th 2018 - we have just returned from a short break in Scotland, staying at the wonderful Grant Arms Hotel.  Good old fashioned hospitality and everything geared up for birdwatching too.  This time we had a DIY visit without any local guiding.  We now know a lot of the best places to visit - and we found some new ones too.

On the first morning we were very lucky to find Black and Red Throated Divers in full breeding plumage. ...

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Big Waters Posing Perch

Posted on 29 January, 2018 at 3:15 Comments comments (2)

A visit to Big Waters when everything was frozen meant that there was not much action on the lake - but there were plenty of visitors to the feeding station.  Eight different species posed on the same perch for me over a period of an hour or so.  Very obliging!



1. Blue Tit

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Happy New Year - slightly late...

Posted on 10 January, 2018 at 10:40 Comments comments (0)

The first post of 2018.  I'm not sure if I am making a determined effort for 200 UK birds this year - but I might as well count them anyway.
January 10th and I'm on 63.
I went to Wallington NT yesterday to the hide and feeding station hoping to see Brambling.  That's where I had good views last year - good enough for this bonny bird to appear in Calendar 2018.
Not lucky this time - but still plenty going on.  Mostly tits and finches - but also a Field...

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November News

Posted on 18 November, 2017 at 3:30 Comments comments (0)

I can't believe it is 4 months since I posted on this Blog! No wonder no-one follows it... Excuse? I've been posting pictures to my Facebook page (and had forgotten about this page if I'm honest).  But for all 'non-Facebookers' here are some November pictures.

A Grey Phalarope stayed next to South Shields pier for quite a while; Snow Buntings were also there (which was handy); I had good views of a group of 5 Snipe at Shibdon Pond; a male Sparro...

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