Field Trips

 FIELD MEETING TO HAUXLEY & DRURIDGE BAY 10/11/2018

Nine members met on a beautiful sunny morning at Hauxley Discovery Centre. For some of the group it was their first visit to the year old centre with its five hides on a circular walk and excellent cafe.
The lakes held the usual variety of greylag. canada’s, tufted duck, mallard, little grebe, grey heron.
The sun was directly behind the birds at the first hide, silouhetting cormorant and snipe.
Moving in to the Skua hide we had good views of a willow tit and male bullfinch – not no skuas!

Can anybody see anything?

After completing our circuit we enjoyed refreshments at the cafe. Whilst there, Alan had a message that twite, snow bunting and shorelark were at the beach at East Chevington, so that’s where we headed next.
Only the twite were left but it was good to see a flock of around 70 feeding on the sand, washing in the burn and swirling around in a flock as they were disturbed by walkers, then re-settling.
We moved up to the north lake at East Chevington and had good views of 800+ golden plover, large numbers of lapwing and then a few of golden eye, whoopers, mergansers and a pair of pintail and goosander.


With the light fading it was time to head home – a good meeting and many thanks to Alan and Margaret.

 


 

Field trips are organised, usually monthly. Locations for field trips can be any of:

  • Local boat trips to see seabirds
  • Lakes, estuaries, bays, mudflats and foreshore for waterfowl and waders
  • Coastal headlands for migrants on passage, divers, grebes, seaduck and seabirds
  • Woodland for early morning birdsong
  • Inland valleys and hills for passerine and other species

Occasionally we go further afield – e.g. a recent weekend to the Cairngorms for Capercaillie and Crested Tit and other Scottish birds.

Everyone is made welcome on a field trip – beginner and expert, young and old, resident and visitors. All you need to bring are your binoculars, some refreshments on an all day trip, and for most trips walking boots or Wellingtons and warm waterproof clothing are recommended. Please follow the directions of the field trip Leader and comply with the Country Code. Non-members joining a field trip are asked to give a donation of £2.

Help with identification is always available on North Northumberland Bird Club field trips.

Each field trip is reported in the NNBC Newsletter.

Please click on the link below: – All participants on field trips must study and adhere to the following risk assessment.  NNBCRiskAssessment

 

RESIDENTIAL TRIP

May 16th to 23rd 2019 to SPAIN

This is a two-centre holiday with 4 nights in Extremadura and 3 nights in the Gredos mountains. It is a renowned area for birding covering a wide variety of habitats including many birds of prey and the world’s largest population of Great and Little Bustards. Accommodation is in family run establishments and all rooms have private facilities. The Gredos hotel has an award winning restaurant and a cellar of over 500 wines!

This trip is organised through Naturetrek and costs £1545 with a single supplement of £195. This includes flights from Edinburgh to Madrid, accommodation, all food except for lunch on day one, guides throughout and transport.
If you would like to join us or know more about what may be seen etc. please contact Fiona Southern Tel. 01668214481 or email jfs@robincottage.co.uk