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Gill Osborne's 2013 List (1 Viewer)

Gill Osborne

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Bit of a slow start as had to wait for Neil to get up at 10am :smoke: He was on nightshift last night, got home at 6.30am and wanted a couple of hours' kip before coming out with me....very frustrating for me as I just want to get outside!!!
Luckily though my desk looks out over trees and overgrown gardens so I've been able to see a few of the commoner species :t:

Tuesday, 1st January

1: Jackdaw
2: Blackbird
3: Chaffinch
4: Woodpigeon
5: Feral Pigeon
6: Starling
7: Collared Dove
8: Black-headed Gull
9: House Sparrow
10: Goldfinch
11: Blue Tit

Then we had to drive down to Ashington to try to find a garage open that sold bulbs as one of our headlights had gone off :smoke: Thankfully it didn't take TOO long or else I would have had to murder my husband for getting in the way of my birding! ;) Fifteen years we've been together!!! You would he would KNOW BY NOW that January 1st is sacred!!! :-O

12: Rook
13: Magpie
14: Kestrel
15: Mute Swan
16: Cormorant
17: Eider
18: Great Black-backed Gull
19: Redshank
20: Herring Gull

Cresswell Pond

21: Curlew
22: Mallard
23: Moorhen
24: Teal
25: Lapwing
26: Little Grebe
27: Red-breasted Merganser
28: Tufted Duck
29: Greylag Goose
30: Wigeon
31: Gadwall
32: Grey Heron
33: Snipe
34: Pink-footed Goose
35: Buzzard
36: Carrion Crow
37: Pheasant
38: Oystercatcher
39: Coot

All in all a nice start - a lot more than I thought I had seen because of the very strong wind o:)
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Gill Osborne

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Wednesday, 2nd January

Rain AM, Sunny intervals in afternoon, 10C, 10mph west south westerly.

Beal Sands, next to Causeway

40: Shelduck
41: Merlin ~ female preening on post.
42: Brent Goose

Budle Bay

43: Little Egret
44: Knot
45: Bar-tailed Godwit

Stag Rocks

46: Sanderling
47: Common Scoter
48: Long-tailed Duck ~ 2 males on sea.
49: Shag
50: Twite ~ flock of c50 in field behind car park.
51: Red-throated Diver
52: Peregrine Falcon
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Gill Osborne

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Friday 4th January

54: Robin


55: Common Gull


56: Mediterranean Gull ~ 2 on beach

QE11 Park

57: Goldeneye
58: Pochard

East Chevington

59: Shoveler
60: Canada Goose
61: Whooper Swan
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Gill Osborne

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Saturday, 12th January

65: Tawny Owl ~ female 'ke-wicking' outside my living room window :t:
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Gill Osborne

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Thursday, 17th January
Druridge Pools

67: Wren
68: Song Thrush

Cresswell Pond

69: Fieldfare
70: Redwing
71: Meadow Pipit
72: Grey Partridge

Sainsburys, Alnwick

73: Kingfisher ~ one flew across road in front of me and flew down into stream next to Sainsburys! o:)
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Gill Osborne

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Wednesday, 23rd January
Craster & Dunstanburgh Castle

74: Bullfinch ~ pair in the Arnold Memorial Reserve
75: Long-tailed Tit
76: Purple Sandpiper
77: Dunnock
78: Rock Pipit
79: Fulmar
80: Kittiwake
81: Stonechat

Gill Osborne

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Saturday 16th/Sunday 17th February

So much activity going on outside my living room windows!!! Birds chasing each other and first Blackbirds heard singing.....as well as my first Song Thrush and Greenfinch. Stuck without binoculars at the moment but hoping to get some new ones within the next day or two o:D The past two/three weeks have been rather hectic with no time for birding but hopefully now things will return to normal and I can get outdoors once more.

Saw first Snowdrops and Daisy this weekend too. Spring IS on it's way o:)

Gill Osborne

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Tuesday, 5th March

83: Great Spotted Woodpecker
84: Greenfinch

Outdoors all day from 10am doing gardening work with Pru. Saw my first bumble bee too - a Buff-tailed Queen :t:

Gill Osborne

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Wednesday 13th March
Gloucester Lodge, Blyth

85: Tundra Bean Goose Lifer No: 220* :loveme:

Beacon Hill

86: Treecreeper


87: Yellowhammer
88: Reed Bunting
89: Tree Sparrow
90: Willow Tit

Scotch Gill Woods, Morpeth

First Lesser Celandines in bloom, plus hazel catkins & red female flowers. Wood Anemones starting to come into bud. Good leaf growth of Wild Garlic and Wild Arum :t:

Gill Osborne

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Monday, 22 April

96: Skylark
97: Lesser Black-backed Gull
98: Willow Warbler
99: Swallow
100: Chiffchaff
101: Sand Martin
102: Spotted Crake*lifer no. 221* :loveme:
103: Avocet
104: Yellow Wagtail
105: Sandwich Tern
106: Marsh Harrier
107: Little Gull

Gill Osborne

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Thursday, 25th April

108: Sparrowhawk ~ corker of a male flew over and landed in sycamore tree outside my living room window :t:

Gill Osborne

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Monday, 6th May
East Chevington

111: Wheatear
112: Sedge Warbler
113: Grasshopper Warbler
114: Common Tern

No sign of the Purple Heron but pleased with the two Groppers reeling away at the southern end of the South Pool and next to the Chevington Burn bridge :t:

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