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Old Saturday 1st July 2017, 15:24   #9876
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Three spoonbill and a single whooper swan with the mutes at the lake opposite the Widdrington Arms (no idea what the lake is called!). Presumably the same three spoonbills that were at Druridge pools earlier in the week.

Easy to spot the spoonies as some berk in a helicopter seem to be buzzing the birds and constantly spooking the spoonbills while everything else ignored him.
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Old Sunday 2nd July 2017, 12:19   #9877
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Thanks for that, I don't do Twitter or Facebook so that limits me a bit.
Twitter reports:
yesterday: White-winged Black Tern at Druridge Pools
today: White-winged Black Tern at Low Newton (apparently a different one)

Spoonbills still around, commuting between Cresswell, Druridge, and Widdrington.
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Old Monday 3rd July 2017, 13:03   #9878
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Slavonian Grebe in Summer plumage and Kingfisher at Linton Lane pool on Sunday
(the pool you turn left to get to once you go over the railway track)
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Old Saturday 8th July 2017, 22:14   #9879
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Unfortunately no spoonbills today, but got yellow hammer at Widdrington, whooper godwits and lrp at Budge hide. Spent time looking for a little owl and failed but got a juvenile green woodpecker, red-legged partridge & yellow wagtail as compensation. Got two tips on the owl which left me unsure where best to look. Started looking at Stone Croft which is the last building on the left after the bends going from Druridge to Widdrington. Partridge in fields opposite, woodpecker sitting on a post behind the yard. No sign of owl.

Met a birder who directed me to the cluster of buildings on the right leaving Druridge (Stable Yard & Farm Court). No owl on view there but not sure where I should have been looking, but wagtail perched on the Farm Court wall. Maybe there are two little owls? Help appreciated as I hope to go back tomorrow.
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Old Saturday 8th July 2017, 22:52   #9880
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Yep. Little Owls are there; best at dusk.

Green Woody down that close to the coast is exceptional, congrats!
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Old Saturday 8th July 2017, 23:01   #9881
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Should I check both, and where do I look at the Stable Yard site please?

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Old Sunday 9th July 2017, 10:29   #9882
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Yep, no harm in it!

The owls inevitably move around, they're not fixed to any one place - check all suitable vantage points like electricity poles, walls, roof ridges, etc.
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Old Monday 10th July 2017, 09:57   #9883
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Bingo last night for little owls around the Stable Yard complex, also barn owl in the field opposite!! Thanks for the photographer who put me on to it. No spoonbills on Widdrington or Cresswell between 2130 & 2200. A two owl day is a rarity at home so was absolutely delighted to get one here.
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Old Monday 10th July 2017, 11:03   #9884
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Congrats!

Long-billed Dowitcher a bit further up the coast at Boulmer (north of Alnmouth), but very erratic in appearances.
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Old Monday 10th July 2017, 16:08   #9885
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Twitched at Cresswell last year
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Old Monday 17th July 2017, 07:12   #9886
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I heard in the pub last night that it's being reported in the local papers that Coneygarth Lake, usually and inaccurately referred to in local birding circles as Bothal Pond is to be opened up to up to ten rods as a commercial recreational fishery.

It's been lightly fished in the past from a couple of boats by a syndicate based on Alcan, but from what I heard this will be a commercial venture and if there are ten rods involved it will be bank fishing.

That'll stir the ducks up.


EDIT. It seems I'm behind the times. It's already opened.

https://www.facebook.com/Coneygarth-...4385725491995/

'28 June at 23:08

Opening Saturday 1st July. We will be open from 8am 7 days a week. We are a barbless fly fishery, stocked with rainbow trout and an occasional blue. Anglers must be in possession of a valid environment agency (EA) licence to fish at Coneygarth
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Old Wednesday 19th July 2017, 23:30   #9887
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Thanks again to all who helped me recently connect with two owls in a day, a difficult task in Northern Ireland. The two birders at Cresswell and the Budge screen on Saturday morning and the two locals at Druridge on the Sunday night. Apologies again for spooking the owl as I drove past a car with a camera sticking out! Hope you got some pics eventually, although I saw some on the Northumberland birders site which looked hopeful. Blog updated at:
http://bangorwestndcp.blogspot.co.uk...o-owl-day.html

Need to visit more in the summer and get little tern at Long Nanny.
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Old Monday 25th September 2017, 13:21   #9888
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Spotted Flycatcher in small Hawthorns next to the wooden bridge at Long Nanny Burn mouth yesterday.
Stag Rock was pretty quiet in the morning although there was some fantastic Gannet feeding going on.
No sign of the reported Surf Scoter from a day or two ago.
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Old Monday 25th September 2017, 15:16   #9889
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Two Yellow-browed warbler in the same tree at St Mary's Island this lunchtime. Also about were Whinchat, Wheatear and Redstart, and several Ruff still in the stubble field near the caravan park.
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Old Tuesday 26th September 2017, 20:37   #9890
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Two Yellow-browed warbler in the same tree at St Mary's Island this lunchtime.
Five, perhaps more, there today

Also 2 Redstart, a Pied Flycatcher, and several Chiffchaffs
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Old Thursday 28th September 2017, 16:40   #9891
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Five, perhaps more, there today

Also 2 Redstart, a Pied Flycatcher, and several Chiffchaffs
Somebody mentioned a Pied Flycatcher had been seen very early on Monday, but I didn't see it... which is a shame, as it's been my bird of the year so far: I'd only seen one on a couple of occasions before this year, but have had several sightings in the UK, Sweden and Switzerland this year (saw multiple birds in 6 locations in Switzerland a couple of weeks ago).
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Old Monday 2nd October 2017, 19:29   #9892
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Flock of c50 Pink-footed Geese flying over Alnwick Castle at 6.35pm today
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Yup, the pink-feet are coming: quite a few skeins coming in over the northern Caithness coast last week and a smaller number down on the Black Isle.

Haven't seen or heard them here yet.
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Old Thursday 5th October 2017, 13:56   #9894
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And this morning at Druridge and Chevington I saw around 400 pink-feet in a couple of hours, groups ranging in size from a dozen to 50.

Still a few chiffchaffs left at DBCP
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Old Thursday 5th October 2017, 23:03   #9895
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A skein of about 60 pinks flew high over East Chevington on 23 September.
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Old Thursday 16th November 2017, 13:18   #9896
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I had 5 Hawfinch at the National Trust's Wallington Hall on Sunday. There were seen in flight and then sitting in the tops of large beech trees close to the entrance to the walled garden (lake entrance). They flew off in the direction of the main house but I couldn't refind them. This isn't a million miles from Morpeth so they could be strays from the Abbey Mill site or additional birds. Wallington used to be known for the odd Hawfinch sighting in and around the car park back in the day. Also a single Brambling in the wildlife hide feeding station.
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Old Thursday 16th November 2017, 13:24   #9897
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This isn't a million miles from Morpeth so they could be strays from the Abbey Mill site or additional birds.
Likely different, I'd think.

Wallington used to be one of the most reliable Northumbs sites back in the long ago.
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Old Friday 17th November 2017, 13:55   #9898
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Jimmy Steele

Just heard the very sad news that Jimmy Steele has passed away. I'm sure many of you will have come across him, particularly on his Newbiggin patch where he found many rarities. A lovely guy and a brilliant birder.

Jimmy was so generous with his incredible birding knowledge and very patient with people new to the hobby. He was a highly respected Professor of Dentistry at Newcastle University and a Trustee of the Natural History Society of Northumbria.

Jimmy's funeral service is to be held at 11.15 am on Friday 24 November 2017 at the Crematorium on the West Road. The family have requested that people do not send flowers but rather support the Trussell Trust: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraisi...f-jimmy-steele

He'll be a huge miss.
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Old Friday 17th November 2017, 17:10   #9899
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Very sad news Andy. Thanks for the post.
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I'm getting reports that a 360 excavator has turned up at East Chevington to clear the watercourses of the blockages that they've been suffering from for about 10 years. It was February 2010 that the last attempt was made, but the machine was too small for the job and left the Ladyburn channel blocked behind the bracken mound on the dunes, and even that botched job was years overdue.

Better luck this time, I hope.

Tonight I'm going out to see if I can see any flying reindeer.

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