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|Posted on 17 March, 2019 at 18:40||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...
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Both photographs taken (again) at Washington WWT...
|Posted on 9 March, 2019 at 6:55||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 ...
|Posted on 6 August, 2018 at 6:50||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.
|Posted on 29 July, 2018 at 8:30||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. ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on 29 January, 2018 at 3:15||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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|Posted on 10 January, 2018 at 10:40||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...
|Posted on 18 November, 2017 at 3:30||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...Read Full Post »
|Posted on 14 July, 2017 at 5:35||comments (0)|
Dark Green Fritillary
Six-spot Burnet Moth
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|Posted on 14 July, 2017 at 5:20||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...Read Full Post »
|Posted on 25 April, 2017 at 10:50||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 ...Read Full Post »