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Old Wednesday 23rd May 2018, 11:44   #1
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Northumberland

I don't know Northumberland at all well - but I'm impressed!
Given that I have not spent a lot of time birding and that the time of year may not be the most productive I'm pleased to have seen 86 species during our visit.
Today was the highlight. I went to Druridge Pools - a first for me - and Cresswell Pond. Highlights included:
Garganey, little gull, little stint, avocet, curlew sand and glossy ibis. There were also some whooper swans and loads of turnstones, ringed plovers etc.
I'll try and copy my day list from eBird:

Highest Count for a Species Show Sample Size
Species Name May 23 May 24 May 25 May 26 May 27 May 28 May 29
Greylag Goose X -- -- -- -- -- --
Canada Goose X -- -- -- -- -- --
Mute Swan X -- -- -- -- -- --
Whooper Swan 3 -- -- -- -- -- --
Common Shelduck X -- -- -- -- -- --
Garganey 2 -- -- -- -- -- --
Northern Shoveler X -- -- -- -- -- --
Gadwall X -- -- -- -- -- --
Mallard X -- -- -- -- -- --
Common Pochard X -- -- -- -- -- --
Tufted Duck X -- -- -- -- -- --
Common Pheasant X -- -- -- -- -- --
Great Cormorant X -- -- -- -- -- --
Grey Heron X -- -- -- -- -- --
Little Egret X -- -- -- -- -- --
Glossy Ibis X -- -- -- -- -- --
Common Moorhen X -- -- -- -- -- --
Pied Avocet X -- -- -- -- -- --
Northern Lapwing X -- -- -- -- -- --
Common Ringed Plover X -- -- -- -- -- --
Ruddy Turnstone X -- -- -- -- -- --
Curlew Sandpiper 2 -- -- -- -- -- --
Dunlin X -- -- -- -- -- --
Little Stint X -- -- -- -- -- --
Common Redshank X -- -- -- -- -- --
Black-headed Gull X -- -- -- -- -- --
Little Gull X -- -- -- -- -- --
Herring Gull X -- -- -- -- -- --
Lesser Black-backed Gull X -- -- -- -- -- --
Common Tern X -- -- -- -- -- --
Rock Dove X -- -- -- -- -- --
Common Woodpigeon X -- -- -- -- -- --
Common Swift X -- -- -- -- -- --
Eurasian Jackdaw X -- -- -- -- -- --
Carrion Crow X -- -- -- -- -- --
Eurasian Skylark 2 -- -- -- -- -- --
Barn Swallow X -- -- -- -- -- --
Common House Martin X -- -- -- -- -- --
Long-tailed Tit X -- -- -- -- -- --
Eurasian Wren 3 -- -- -- -- -- --
Eurasian Reed Warbler X -- -- -- -- -- --
Eurasian Blackcap X -- -- -- -- -- --
Common Whitethroat X -- -- -- -- -- --
Eurasian Blackbird X -- -- -- -- -- --
Dunnock X -- -- -- -- -- --
Meadow Pipit X -- -- -- -- -- --
Yellowhammer X -- -- -- -- -- --
Common Reed Bunting X -- -- -- -- -- --
Common Chaffinch X -- -- -- -- -- --
Common Linnet X -- -- -- -- -- --
European Goldfinch X -- -- -- -- -- --
House Sparrow X -- -- -- -- -- --
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
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At risk of sounding like an agent for Puffin Cruises (I'm not!!), as you are birding in that area of Northumberland I'd recommend the boat trips from Amble around Coquet Island for roseate tern and Atlantic puffin.
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At risk of sounding like an agent for Puffin Cruises (I'm not!!), as you are birding in that area of Northumberland I'd recommend the boat trips from Amble around Coquet Island for roseate tern and Atlantic puffin.
I've done the Farne Islands with Billy Bishop in the past but we didn't have much time on this occasion. But thanks for the tip. We may well go that way again. I'd love to go in winter when Holy Island is teeming with birds.

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