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Gill Osborne's 2020 List (1 Viewer)

Gill Osborne

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Here we go again - New Year, New List! :t: I'm aiming for 175 this year and am determined to not miss out on any silly 'easy' stuff as I did in 2019. Stuff like Jay....Guillemot....Puffin....Kittiwake!!! :eek!: I live barely 4 miles from the coast!!!! Anyway, on with 2020 and Bring On Those Birds....

Short walk on New Year's Day with hubby Neil but a few nice 'uns picked up

1. House Sparrow
2. Rook
3. Starling
4. Woodpigeon
5. Collared Dove
6. Herring Gull
7. Jackdaw
8. Blackbird
9. Blue Tit
10. Greenfinch
11. Pheasant
12. Goosander ~ male & 3 females beside Lion Bridge
13. Mallard
14. Moorhen
15. Tufted Duck
16. Black-headed Gull
17. Mute Swan
18. Robin
19. Buzzard ~ single bird sunbathing on top of a conifer
20. Nuthatch
21. Dipper
22. Coal Tit
23. Long-tailed Tit
24. Feral Pigeon
25. Song Thrush

Gill Osborne

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Monday 6th January

Hulne Park, Alnwick

27: Chaffinch
28: Mistle Thrush
29: Magpie
30: Yellowhammer
31: Jay
32: Kestrel
33: Tawny Owl


1: Grey Squirrel
2: Fallow Deer
3: Stoat (in ermine!!!)
4: Rabbit

Gill Osborne

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Wednesday 8th January

Walk up to allotment to do a bit of pottering.

34: Bullfinch ~ male feeding on cherry tree buds @ Ratten Row. Heard his song first...amazing how much I see them now that I know their call! :-O

35: Wren ~ one on Hulne Park wall outside allotment
36: Dunnock ~ one behind greenhouse on allotment

Gill Osborne

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Saturday 25th January
Ratten Row Allotments

37: Raven ~ landed in tall pine tree bordering wall of Hulne Park and perched there, cronking loudly, for a couple of minutes....until I got my camera out! ;) Second raven I've seen at this spot whilst pottering on the allotment!

Gill Osborne

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Long time, no birding!!!! :smoke: But back in the saddle now and back outdoors with my bins, camera & notebook o:)

Saturday14th March
Hawfinch Drive, Alnwick

38: Skylark ~ singing in fields opposite McDonalds
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Gill Osborne

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Tuesday 17th March
Bailiffgate Court, Alnwick

39: Grey Wagtail ~ brief view as one landed on roof of flat opposite mine! Had disappeared by time I grabbed my camera! *typical!* :-O

Pastures, Alnwick

40: Canada Goose
41: Oystercatcher
42: Common Gull
43: Goldcrest

Also group of 3 Roe Deer (mammal #5) in usual spot

Gill Osborne

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Wednesday 8th April

49: Willow Warbler
50: Pied Wagtail
51: Sparrowhawk ~ one of three seen in the space of one hour!
52: Lesser Black-backed Gull

Gill Osborne

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Tuesday 12th May
Willowburn Sports Centre

55: House Martin ~ group of at least 10 flying overhead. More Martins in one viewing than I've had of Swallows and Swifts completely! :eek!:

Gill Osborne

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Wednesday 1st July
Willowburn Trading Estate, Alnwick

56: Carrion Crow ~ only realised yesterday that I hadn't got it on the Year List! Definitely seen loads since January!!! 3:)

Wednesday 8th July

57: Stock Dove
58: Kingfisher ~ 2 at Canongate Bridge :t:

Gill Osborne

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Sunday 19th July
Amble Harbour

62: Eider
63: Arctic Tern
64: Cormorant
65: Sandwich Tern
66: Great Black-backed Gull

A few people on the pier had clear plastic buckets and were fishing for crabs and one contained a Velvet Swimming Crab which was pretty awesome!

Cresswell Pond

67: Sedge Warbler

Hedgeley Pools

68: Coot
69: Gadwall
70: Sand Martin


Gill Osborne

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Tuesday 21st July
Druridge Bay area

71: Reed Bunting
72: Avocet
73: Lapwing
74: Redshank
75: Dunlin
76: Tree Sparrow
77: Reed Warbler
78: Little Egret
79: Common Tern
80: Black-tailed Godwit
81: Curlew
82: Whimbrel ~ 3 flying overhead & calling at 4.34pm
83: Turnstone
84: Cormorant
85: Linnet
86: Ruff
87: Teal
88: Greenshank
89: Long-eared Owl ~ hunting in broad daylight at 6pm. My first since March 1986!
90: Redstart ~ 3 fledged young in hedge as I passed by
91: Shelduck

Gill Osborne

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Tuesday 11th August

92: Red-breasted Merganser
93: Gannet
94: Wheatear
95: Ringed Plover

Wednesday 12th August

96: Merlin
97: Golden Plover
98: Kittiwake
99: Fulmar
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