Interesting “garden” birds from Mike Elder, Embleton

Mike shot the Redstart and Little Owl in his garden and the Chiffchaff at Low Newton – thanks Mike

Redstart in Embleton

Chiffchaff at Low Newton

Little Owl at Embleton

Whooper’s arriving …….and departing!

David Richens was at Norham on Monday afternoon (28th Oct.) and was lucky enough to see the arrival of over 100 Whooper Swans. After 15 mins. they were on their way elsewhere! But here is the evidence Thanks David




Mistle Thrushes on Wooler Common

Last week David Richens saw 20 or so Mistle Thrush feeding on berries – an influx from the continent perhaps?

I’ve just put Phil Hanmer’s September Ringers Report on the Website and in it he writes about his team trapping 6 Mistle Thrushes at Howick around the same time as David saw his. Phil thinks that they were a local flock rather than from the continent.

Many thanks for the photos David.

Spindlestone : Margaret’s great series of photographs of a kingfisher in action at the South Hide

Some of Alison’s photographs from a visit to the Farnes this July.


Margaret and Alan Goodall have been bird holidaying in the Cairngorms.

Below are some great photos taken by Margaret.

Slavonian Grebe

Slavonian Grebe

Black-throated Diver

Black-throated Diver

Pied Flycatcher


Margaret and Alan are in Norfolk at the moment and Margaret took this great photograph of a Turtle Dove – sadly absent from Northumberland

One of a series from Margaret Goodall, many thanks Margaret. Purple Sandpiper at Boulmer

Barnacle Goose at Linton

Gadwall at Linton

Goldeneye at Linton

Wren at Woodhorn Flash

Margaret Goodall took this smart looking Yellowhammer at Spindlestone today


Winter comes to Yearle : Stewart and Alison took great photos on Saturday when the snow came. Siskin and Redpoll on the feeders and starling in flight and then roosting in a nearby tree.

A very unexpected Sparrowhawk in RP’s back yard! – eating a poor sparrow

Margaret’s smashing photographs of snow bunting at St. Mary’s Island

The first of a series of Wigeon photographs taken over 90 minutes as they left the main River Coquet channel to go up the Old Water to graze on the salt marsh

About 300 of the 1200 Golden Plover on the Coquet Estuary

Black-tailed Godwit on the Old Water, Coquet Estuary at high tide

A lovely photograph of a Redpoll from David Richens

Brambling in Margaret and Alan’s Garden

Taiga Bean Goose near Newham Hall thanks to Margaret

Dunlin in flight

Photos from Sandham Bay (Holy Island) on the 28th December

Oystercatchers and Bar-tailed Godwits


Alison and Stewart were on Long Nanny on the 27th December and Alison took these great photos of the Shorelark.

Peregrine Falcon at Newton Point 22nd December 2018         A great shot – thank you Margaret

A great spot by Margaret and Alan at Spindleston. How often have you seen a Greater Spotted Woodpecker drinking AND with a reflection.?

Sparrowhawk in Alan and Margaret’s garden

Juvenile Red-backed Shrike at Newbiggin Margaret

Barnacle Goose at QE2 Country Park Margaret

Africa Pygmy Kingfisher

Woodland Kingfisher

Broad -billed Roller

Little Bee-eater

Long-tailed Glossy Starling

Pied Kingfisher

White-throated Bee-eater

Alison and Stewart recently went to Gambia on a bird watching trip and Alison has shared some of her great photographs from the trip.

Red-necked Grebe at Buston Links Margaret Goodall. It came in on the morning high tide, was “stranded” by the car park and then left on the afternoon high tide!

Goldeneye back on the Coquet at The Hermitage

1st Winter Guillemot at The Hermitage, Warkworth Richard

Two Bewick Swans with Whooper Swan on the Coquet showing size difference and bill colouring. Margaret Goodall


Snow Bunting on Lindisfarne Alison

Bewick Swans with Mute Swan on the Coquet to show size differences. Margaret Goodall


Twite at Druridge Bay Richard

Twite bathing Druridge Bay Richard

Tree Creeper at Spindlestone Jill

Moorhen at Spindlestone Jill

Brambling at Spindlestone Jill

Brambling at Spindlestone Jill