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  1. Gill Osborne

    Gill Osborne's 2021 List

    I'm on nightshift tonight (9.45pm till 6.15am then same again Thursday night) so I've spent the afternoon catching up on housework which won't get done over the next few days due to other rubbish shifts (finish nights at 6am on Friday then back in at 6pm till 2am on Saturday ~ no daylight for me...
  2. Gill Osborne

    Gill Osborne's 2021 List

    Friday 22nd October Seen from top deck of X15 bus as it travelled along A1 just before Ulgham 92: Barn Owl ~ hunting across scrubby grassland, 7.23am
  3. Gill Osborne

    Gill Osborne's 2021 List

    Update from 5th June ~ the Black Tern was, in fact, an American Black Tern so a lifer for me!!! 😀 89: AMERICAN BLACK TERN lifer no. 232 🤩 Other than the completely unexpected lifer it has been a bit of a year for me. Neil and I split up and now live at virtually opposite ends of...
  4. Gill Osborne

    Gill Osborne's 2021 List

    Saturday 5th June Long Nanny, Northumberland 87: Lesser Black-backed Gull 88: Arctic Tern 89: Black Tern my first since 2003! 90: Sandwich Tern 91: Ringed Plover
  5. Gill Osborne

    Gill Osborne's 2021 List

    Thursday 20th May Alnwick 86: Tawny Owl ~ male hooting at 11.45pm behind our flat from overgrown gardens behind us.
  6. Gill Osborne

    Gill Osborne's 2021 List

    Thursday 13th May Eyemouth, Scotland I cheekily sneaked ower the border whilst Nicola wasn't looking and spent a few hours with my penpal of 3 years, Anne. She lives in Cumbria but loves Eyemouth and tries to visit a couple of times a year. We've been trying to meet up for the past 18 months...
  7. Gill Osborne

    The annual 'whose got Swifts' thread

    Swallows are very scarce here in Alnwick, Northumberland (I've seen just one!). Saw my first at Warkworth on 15th along the River Coquet and had good numbers in Boulmer village last Thursday 29th April Swifts....a single bird on Thursday 29th but nothing since :cautious: No House Martins...
  8. Gill Osborne

    Gill Osborne's 2021 List

    Aww thank you. I just use a basic point-and-shoot digital camera (Canon PowerShot SX430 IS) and hope for the best :ROFLMAO: The joy of digital cameras is that you can take a thousand pictures and it doesn't cost anything compared to the past when we used film.
  9. Gill Osborne

    Gill Osborne's 2021 List

    Thursday 29th April (cont,) Boulmer 80: Gannet 81: Golden Plover 82: Wheatear 83: Whimbrel
  10. Gill Osborne

    Northumbrian Birding

    Couple of hours at Boulmer today. Swallows aplenty and good numbers of Wheatear on cliffs at Longhoughton Steel, couple of Whimbrel and 13 Golden Plover in breeding plumage
  11. Gill Osborne

    Northumbrian Birding

    SWIFTS are back in Alnwick.....now just need the weather to begin to warm up to more summery temperatures! ;)
  12. Gill Osborne

    Gill Osborne's 2021 List

    Thursday 29th April Northumberland Street, Alnwick Summer has arrived!!! :cool: Driving Neil to work I was thrilled to see that familiar manically-flapping zigzag flight of my favourite harbinger of summer - a SWIFT! Earliest I've ever seen one if I remember rightly (I'll check my records...
  13. Gill Osborne

    Gill Osborne's 2021 List

    Wednesday 28th April Alnwick Moor I had an hour to burn before picking Neil up so decided to pop up to the moor. Still not a lot about and no sign nor sound of any grouse but a trio of circling Buzzard were nice...as was a male Kestrel hovering. A couple of Curlew flew overhead calling and...
  14. Gill Osborne

    Gill Osborne's 2021 List

    Saturday 24th April Plot 34, Ratten Row Allotments, Alnwick I spent a pleasant hour pottering around and moving plants and seedlings into bigger pots in the greenhouse as well as belatedly cutting back a very overgrown 'Black Knight' buddleja shrub. All the while I was serenaded by the sound...
  15. Gill Osborne

    Gill Osborne's 2021 List

    Thursday 15th April I've been looking after a friend's four budgies for a week and today I took them back to her home in Lynemouth. I really enjoyed having them in our home but it almost killed my poor husband as he is allergic to their feathers and dust :censored: Poor chap spent most of the...
  16. Gill Osborne

    Gill Osborne's 2021 List

    A little bit of playing catch up from my notebooks..... Thursday 1st April North Shields & Whitley Bay Neil had to do a first aid course at Royal Quays today so as he cannot drive at the moment I booked the day off work and went off birding in a few of my old haunts whilst he was busy. First...
  17. Gill Osborne

    Gill Osborne's 2021 List

    Sunday 28th March Bailiffgate Court, Alnwick 63: Grey Wagtail ~ male on roof of flat opposite ours! 10.30am. No photo unfortunately as he disappeared off to other side before I could grab my camera.
  18. Gill Osborne

    Gill Osborne's 2021 List

    Saturday 27th March Northumberland Street, Alnwick 62: Chiffchaff ~ finally! They've turned up singing for the past week or two in Alnmouth & Howick yet not a peep in Alnwick. Last year I heard my first on 17th.
  19. Gill Osborne

    Gill Osborne's 2021 List

    Wednesday 24th March Green Batt Car Park, Alnwick 61: Goldfinch ~ three in top branches of tree on edge of car park. Usually very common they have somehow eluded me until now!
  20. Gill Osborne

    Gill Osborne's 2021 List

    Monday 22nd March Boulmer A very pleasant couple of hours mooching around Boulmer between 2.30pm and 4.30pm with the beach to myself. 49: Bar-tailed Godwit 50: Curlew 51: Skylark 52: Cormorant 53: Redshank 54: Great Black-backed Gull 55: Rock Pipit 56: Shelduck 57: Grey Plover 58...
  21. Gill Osborne

    Gill Osborne's 2021 List

    Sunday 21st March In bed! I was woken at 5.50am by the very loud calls of passing Whooper Swans! Sadly no views as I think they passed directly over my flat. There's been a lot of Whoopers moving this weekend with flocks of over 100 in some places. I'm not adding this to my Year List as I...
  22. Gill Osborne

    Gill Osborne's 2021 List

    Thursday 18th March Boulmer Just a quick walk on the beach after picking Neil up from work - my first trip to the coast since November or December despite it only being 4 miles or so from home! It was an unscheduled spur-of-the-moment suggested by Neil walk too so I didn't have my binoculars...
  23. Gill Osborne

    Gill Osborne's 2021 List

    Monday 1st March Allotment, Ratten Row 44: Song Thrush ~ first sighting of 2021 though I've been hearing them sing since 20th February
  24. Gill Osborne

    Gill Osborne's 2021 List

    Monday 22nd February Canongate Bridge, Alnwick 41: Goldeneye ~ 1 female, 2 males 42: Dipper 43: Grey Heron
  25. Gill Osborne

    Gill Osborne's 2021 List

    Monday 15th February Somewhere in Northumberland... My husband always tells me to listen to the little voices inside my head so I did! After a week of baltic weather the sun came out today and what a difference in both temperature and activity/song levels in the birds! After having Neil at...
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