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  1. Gill Osborne

    Gill Osborne's 2009 List

    Well.......8.50pm, pitch black outside so I guess this is a Goodbye to birding in 2009 :smoke: Final year total WAS better than in previous years at 144 :t: BUT i did somehow manage to miss out such easy birds as Great Crested Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Goldcrest, Red Kite...
  2. Gill Osborne

    Gill Osborne's 2009 List

    Sunday, 27th September Cresswell Pond, N'Land 144: Glossy Ibis *Lifer No. 202* :loveme:
  3. Gill Osborne

    Gill Osborne's 2009 List

    Thursday, 17th September Cresswell Pond, Northumberland 143: Merlin ~ flew in and caught a small wader! :t:
  4. Gill Osborne

    Gill Osborne's 2009 List

    Sunday, 6th September Leighton Moss, Lancashire 142: Marsh Tit
  5. Gill Osborne

    Gill Osborne's 2009 List

    Well...the poxy Lakeland weather has been just a tad annoying this week as it has been very heavy rain a lot of the time :C But today wasn't too bad so we headed out to Haweswater to look for the eagle. Saturday, 5th September Haweswater, Cumbria 140: Goosander 141: Raven Planning an...
  6. Gill Osborne

    Gill Osborne's 2009 List

    Sunday, 30th August Canongate Bridge, Alnwick 139: Kingfisher o:) After a dismal couple of months I'm feeling a lot better and back in the fray once more :t: Today is the first day of a fortnight off so planning to do LOTS....obscene amounts...of birding!!! Now how do I tell...
  7. Gill Osborne

    Gill Osborne's 2009 List

    Sunday, 28th June Newton Links, N'land 138: Little Tern
  8. Gill Osborne

    Gill Osborne's 2009 List

    Tuesday, 23rd June Cresswell Pond 137: Grasshopper Warbler :t: I went to Druridge hoping for a cuckoo but it was absolutely dead bird-wise - and no otters either!!! :smoke: I did have a lot of butterflies though! Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Common Blue, Large Skipper and a single Painted...
  9. Gill Osborne

    Gill Osborne's 2009 List

    Tuesday, 16th June Patterdale, Cumbria Our second trip to the area in a week! Whilst Neil was busy helping our friend do some building work on his garage I took myself off for an hour or two's birding on the banks of Ullswater o:) I set off at 2pm and got back at *cough* 7.30pm!!! :-O...
  10. Gill Osborne

    Gill Osborne's 2009 List

    Thursday, 11th June Bassenthwaite Lake, Cumbria 132: Jay 133: Osprey
  11. Gill Osborne

    Gill Osborne's 2009 List

    Hahaha finally caught up with the buggers!!!! :-O Sunday, 7th June Alnwick Moor 131: Red Grouse *Lifer No. 200* :loveme:
  12. Gill Osborne

    Gill Osborne's 2009 List

    Wednesday, 3rd June Ingram Valley, Northumberland 129: Red-legged Partridge 130: Whinchat
  13. Gill Osborne

    Gill Osborne's 2009 List

    Sunday, 31st May A1068, opposite Shortridge Hall turnoff 122: Little Owl ~ sunbathing on top of a stone bus shelter at 8.50am in bright sunlight!!! :king: Completely unexpected...I had to turn the car around and go back for another look :t: East Chevington 123: Marsh Harrier 124: Reed...
  14. Gill Osborne

    Gill Osborne's 2009 List

    Saturday, 30th May QE2 Park, Northumberland 121: Barnacle Goose A single one feeding on the banks of the lake with a mixed flock of mute swan, canada geese, moorhen, black-headed gulls, rook, jackdaw and carrion crow. No leg rings and no sign of wing clipping and, when a woman offered...
  15. Gill Osborne

    Gill Osborne's 2009 List

    Monday, 25th May Craster, Northumberland Had a fabulous day out birding and picked up a few I should have had by now. This is just the basics - I'll do a proper post later on this evening :king: 115: Kittiwake 116: Shag 117: Guillemot 118: Razorbill Boulmer, Northumberland 119: Arctic Tern...
  16. Gill Osborne

    Gill Osborne's 2009 List

    Tuesday, 19th May Rothbury 113: Bullfinch 114: Garden Warbler A quick trip to Rothbury proved very fruitful with another two year ticks :t: A walk along the river had numerous willow warbler, chaffinch and blackbird in song. A family of two adult and five young Long-tailed Tit were...
  17. Gill Osborne

    Gill Osborne's 2009 List

    Sunday, 17th May Druridge Pools, N'land 111: Common Whitethroat 112: Spoonbill Solved the problem of last week's mis-identification - twas a Common and not a Lesser :smoke: Got the id sussed in my head now though and the song too :t: Also had my first Wall butterflies of the year and...
  18. Gill Osborne

    Gill Osborne's 2009 List

    I'm getting worse!!! I'm beginning to rethink my id of Lesser Whitethroat from Tuesday afternoon! There have been a few reports of lessers being around in various local areas so I guess I'd just convinced myself that what I was looking at was a lesser instead of a common :smoke: So I...
  19. Gill Osborne

    Gill Osborne's 2009 List

    Just been checking out my list I keep at the back of my diary to check what I have seen so far and, more importantly, NOT seen! Oh dear lord...the list is embarrassing :eek!: Still To Get include such easy birds as *don't laugh*...
  20. Gill Osborne

    Gill Osborne's 2009 List

    Tuesday, 12th May Druridge Pools, N'land Just a quickie today as I finshed work at 1.30pm and had to be back home by 4pm to do the tea before Neil went off to work :smoke: Fairly quiet from the Budge Hide - skylark/sedge warbler/willow warbler/wren singing...a pair of greylag with 4...
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