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Old Tuesday 23rd April 2019, 12:55   #9951
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As this thread has died a death since early March I'll try and kick off the spring sightings in our county.

While looking for Emperor Moths on the moorland either side of the Brizlee Wood road to the radar station (on Alnwick Moor) we saw a nice selection of birds:
Raven
Common Buzzard x 2
Red Grouse
Ring Ouzel x 2
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Willow Warbler and Chiff Chaff calling

Thought the Kite was a decent record for that part of the north east. No wing tags showing on this bird.
I also had Cuckoo and Wheatear at this site last year.

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Old Thursday 25th April 2019, 17:01   #9952
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Hi Andy, good sightings. We have blackcaps in the garden along with chiff chaff, redpoll and the usual garden varieties. Seen the ravens at Dunstanburgh castle. Did you find the empire moth.? Interested to know

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Old Monday 29th April 2019, 12:26   #9953
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Hi Andy, good sightings. We have blackcaps in the garden along with chiff chaff, redpoll and the usual garden varieties. Seen the ravens at Dunstanburgh castle. Did you find the empire moth.? Interested to know

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Yes we lured 3 or 4 with an Emperor Moth pheromone. It's the best way to see them otherwise you're thrashing round across miles of moorland in the hope you happen upon one. The lures can be kept in your freezer for a 4 or 5 years so keep them fresh. First half of May can be the better month if you want higher numbers.
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Old Monday 29th April 2019, 20:42   #9954
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Yes we lured 3 or 4 with an Emperor Moth pheromone.
Where do you get the pheromone?
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Old Wednesday 1st May 2019, 12:19   #9955
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Where do you get the pheromone?
8.50 plus postage from the guys at Angleps
https://www.angleps.com/pheromones.php

You'll need PH23.

It doesn't look like anything, just a stub of rubber! I keep mine in one of the
little net bags used for holding washing tablets. This way you don't contaminate your hands with the scent. Once used keep the lure in the bag in the freezer, in a plastic pot with lid, and it should last for a few years.

You don't need the plastic trap, just waft the bag about and wait for the males to fly in. I tend to net them, let them settle down while I put the pheromone back in the pot then in the car (so they cannot get distracted as they will flap about) then place the moth somewhere nice and get some snaps.

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Old Wednesday 1st May 2019, 19:11   #9956
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Old Monday 15th July 2019, 21:29   #9957
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Heading over from July 25-28 with wheels. Is the Baikal teal still around, or spoonbills or little owls or anything else worth a twitch.?
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Old Tuesday 16th July 2019, 21:04   #9958
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The Baikal Teal looks to be gone, it's not been reported for a while now. A summer plumage Spotshank at Cresswell is about the best I've heard of recently.
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Old Tuesday 16th July 2019, 22:40   #9959
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Thanks for that will probably hit Cresswell and Druridge and possibly Long Nanny for little terns
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Old Sunday 21st July 2019, 09:19   #9960
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maybe the teal is moulting? prob is gone tho....
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Old Sunday 21st July 2019, 12:21   #9961
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If it was still there, someone would've picked it out in the last week or ten days.
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Old Friday 26th July 2019, 11:57   #9962
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Sitting at the computer desk this morning I was pleasantly surprised to have a single Tree Sparrow land on he rose bush in the overgrown jungle of a garden in the house next door! First I've seen in Alnwick!

Took a few pics.....only to realise afterwards I didn't have a memory card in the blasted camera!!!!
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Old Friday 26th July 2019, 21:19   #9963
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Nice little terms at Long Nanny but an absence of little owls at the farm on the corner leading into Druridge links. Any updates appreciated as I can check again tomorrow.
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Old Sunday 28th July 2019, 20:14   #9964
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Good evening, I will be heading up to Northumberland for a few days in mid August and was just wondering what will still be on the Farnes, I know Bempton down here in Yorks can empty out quite quickly (for some species) during this time, but any info gratefully received. I was also hoping to catch up with some Roseate Terns feeding at Hauxley or will it be too late for that?

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Old Saturday 17th August 2019, 19:14   #9965
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Last Swifts seen in Alnwick on Monday 12th. Saw a single one in Morpeth today (17th August)
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Old Monday 19th August 2019, 19:22   #9966
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Last Swifts seen in Alnwick on Monday 12th. Saw a single one in Morpeth today (17th August)
I saw two low over houses near Swansfield Park Road on the 14th.

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Old Friday 30th August 2019, 10:04   #9967
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They breed in St Paul's Church which is just a couple of flaps as the swift flies from Swansfield

I've just had one fly over my house here in Bailiffgate at around 10.30am Lucky sighting as I was sat writing a letter and just happened to glance up and saw it. No gliding around....it was heading south ~ fast and on a mission!
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Old Tuesday 3rd September 2019, 10:43   #9968
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Anyone seen any Pinkies yet? Just seen on FB

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THE PINKIES ARE COMING!...

John, East Lothian Coucil's Warden at Aberlady Bay, reported the first Pink-footed Geese arriving at the Bay this morning! This is the third earliest arrival date on record.

Look out overhead if you're on the east coast of Scotland!

For details of this year's goose-related events in conjunction with East Lothian Council, please visit https://www.the-soc.org.uk/support-us/events
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Old Tuesday 3rd September 2019, 13:07   #9969
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A few south over Budle Bay on 2 Sep:

https://twitter.com/NTynesidebirder/...789897728?s=20
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Old Tuesday 3rd September 2019, 14:38   #9970
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More today:

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Old Saturday 21st September 2019, 16:56   #9971
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Bearing in mind my allotment is right next to the wall of Hulne Park my 'allotment list' has given me some wee corkers like Cuckoo (flyover) and Bullfinch feeding on dock seeds. Today I was weeding the raised beds when a 'cronk' was heard Looking up I nearly fell over my spade as I saw a RAVEN flying past Big wings, diamond tail - unmistakable!!! I've seen them in the past in the Lakes and the Cheviots. Nice addition to the Year List too as I haven't been able to get out birding further than Alnwick this year due to lack of funds.
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Old Tuesday 1st October 2019, 10:54   #9972
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Hi Gill
Regarding the raven, a pair nested this year at Dunstanburgh Castle, maybe from there?
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