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Old Monday 7th January 2019, 18:23   #17276
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One more Crossbill shot from the other day !
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Old Tuesday 8th January 2019, 20:22   #17277
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Sister and I went to Low Barns last week and saw a Little Egret about a quarter mile up-river, she actually saw it catch a fish using my 45x eyepiece. Wondered how common they are in the North these days as they used to be confined to the south?

Also wondering where the crossbills are...Kielder?
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Old Tuesday 8th January 2019, 20:51   #17278
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Little Egret are pretty common now.....I had one at Amble Harbour today and have often ticked them off on New Years Day at Budle Bay I saw my first in 2006 at Hauxley after dipping out loads of times but now I still get a thrill every time I see one as I just adore the heron family.

Crossbills.....Mark Eaton had some two days ago just outside Alnwick and I've had them in early July at Barrowburn in Northumberland. I'm sure there'll some good Crossbill sites in Durham and someone will be along soon to tell you where to find them.
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Old Wednesday 9th January 2019, 18:38   #17279
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Thanks for the information; I've seen crossbills in an arboretum in Norfolk, and would love to take my sister to see them somewhere local for her. Thinking maybe Hamsterley has the habitat?
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Old Sunday 13th January 2019, 08:53   #17280
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Thanks for the information; I've seen crossbills in an arboretum in Norfolk, and would love to take my sister to see them somewhere local for her. Thinking maybe Hamsterley has the habitat?
Hamsterley is a good place to see them but it is a large forest, the Stang on the other hand is a lot smaller and at the moment reasonably reliable - theres a car park half way up on the West side where people sometimes see them, or you can view from the top of the Stang above the hairpin bends !
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Old Sunday 13th January 2019, 12:33   #17281
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Thank you; thinking my sister would enjoy a full morning round trip taking in Reeth and Altberg bootmakers in Richmond.
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One from within the County today.
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Lovely shot Alan, nice too meet up yesterday.
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Old Saturday 19th January 2019, 08:54   #17284
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Lovely shot Alan, nice too meet up yesterday.
Yeh good to put the face to the name as they say - good bit of Craic with yourself and Les
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Old Saturday 26th January 2019, 15:51   #17286
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Think I used to enjoy the site when more people used it - A couple of Wilow Tit pics once again from the BOGS !
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Think I used to enjoy the site when more people used it !
Aye Alan used to be a good site to visit but seems, like a few others, to be little used. A few nice shots from the bogs, it wont be the same without Colin popping in but still reliable for the Water Rails and Willow Tits and it looks like you cannot resist the Reed Buntings either
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Aye Alan used to be a good site to visit but seems, like a few others, to be little used. A few nice shots from the bogs, it wont be the same without Colin popping in but still reliable for the Water Rails and Willow Tits and it looks like you cannot resist the Reed Buntings either

Yeh your right on every account
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