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A request

Posted on 17 March, 2019 at 18:40 Comments comments (1)

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...





Both photographs taken (again) at Washington WWT...

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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.



Our guide, Iannis Theodoropoulos was outstanding.

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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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Lindisfarne Lepidoptera - part two

Posted on 14 July, 2017 at 5:35 Comments comments (0)

Also seen:

Dark Green Fritillary
Small Tortoiseshell
Six-spot Burnet Moth
Red Admiral








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Lindisfarne Lepidoptera

Posted on 14 July, 2017 at 5:20 Comments comments (0)

Gosh - can't believe it is April since I posted here.  Back in May we visited the Holy Island of Lindisfarne with our bird-watching group.  I got a picture of a 'woolly bear' - the caterpillar of the Garden Tiger Moth.  Last weekend Julia and I were back on the island with our choir as we were singing in the island's music festival.  We made time for a walk around the island as well.  We saw a Garden Tiger Moth in exactly the same place as we saw the ca...

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Mellow Yellow

Posted on 25 April, 2017 at 10:50 Comments comments (0)

First day of the bird watching class's summer course today.  Summer? There was a whistling North wind that made 'long johns' the order of the day. However we were rewared for our persistence.  Lots of Avocets on Cresswell Pond with a really bright Yellowhammer on the boardwalk as we approached the hide.

Near the causeway were the first Wheatears of the season and from the hide at Druridge Pools we saw a vagrant Green-winged Teal.  All ...

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