A house in Felton has been home to a flock of Waxwings for a few days and Margaret had the opportunity to take these two lovely photographs.
Photographs from Margaret
On the 19th Nov. the field trip was to Holy Island. The highlight of the visit was undoubtedly at the end as we walked back along the Crooked Lonnen to the car park. No less than 5 Short-eared Owls were seen in flight and perching. They were two or three fields away but Margaret got some good shots of them in flight.
A visit to Spindlestone gave much, much closer sightings of a Kingfisher – great shots from Margaret.
Marge and Phil Noble’s visit to Holy Island recently was rewarded with good views of Snow Bunting and Short-eared Owl
Neil’s October photographs from the Tweed, Holy Island and Berwick – thank you Neil
Goldcrest on Holy Island
Redshank and Little Egret on the Tweed
“Coronation” Grey Heron at Berwick
Excitement in Mid-Northumberland as Red-footed Falcon is near Eglingham in September 2023
Many thanks to the Nobles and Mick Crawford for their great photographs of the juvenile bird
The Nobles 4 (2 digiscope) shots
Two of John McCutcheon’s recent photographs – Yellowhammer at Branton and a great shot of two Pied Wagtails at Druridge Pools
John’s lovely Branton photos
Helsay Point, Coquet Estuary with Eider creche, Shelduck and Egyptian Geese
Druridge Pools at 8am gave John good shots of a Barn Owl
John can’t keep away from those Chiffchaff at Branton
Following John McC’s visit on Monday, I decided to have a walk round Branton Ponds and Hedgely yesterday. On the river at Hedgely, one Grey Heron.
However Branton was full of birds, with Chiffchaff at seemingly every 50 metres. The highlights for me were watching a Bullfinch picking off buds (far too high and twiggy for a photo) and watching a Reed Bunting (for ages) picking of seed heads from a bulrush. He didn’t fly away with material but just clung there taking off the seeds.
I can never get a decent photo of a Wren. They are always in scrub or dashing around at ground level. I guess you have to be at a nest site. The Goldfinch appeared from nowhere and then was off whilst I saw two Greast Crested Grebe at the start of the walk and then they “disappeared”.
John went to Branton Ponds today and amongst his 34 species seen were Chiffchaff, Dunnock and Pied Wagtail. Going onto Wooler Common a Robin posed for the camera.
Another visit to Branton by John and a lovely seasonal Robin.
John spent the morning at Branton and captured an elusive Goldcrest and a hungry Grey Heron
Phil and Marge Noble went down to Bempton in August to see the Red-tailed Shrike.
A real rarity for the UK – thank you for the photographs.
In September they had good views of a female Pied Flycatcher on Holy Island
John out again – this time at Branton Ponds. He spent time photographing his elusive Wren. Nine shots out of focus but one success. Perseverance.
Member John McCucheon was walking the coastal path by the Bathing House, Howick today and had this great sighting – lucky chap!
John McCucheon spotted this Little Egret at Branton Ponds today – 24/10/22
David Richardson spotted this Snow Bunting along the path by Dunstanburgh Castle on the 20th Oct.
John McCucheon took these Sanderling photographs at Druridge Bay last week – thanks John
What a sighting on Embleton Beach on the 13th September by June and Mike Drage –
A Hoopoe!! Many thanks for these photographs.
The scrape at Low Newton might be drying out but Margaret Goodall took some great photographs of the bird life there at present.
John’s photograph of the Great White Egret which has been present at Cresswell these last few days.
I spent some time at one of the Spindlestone hides yesterday (16/08/22) and watched this Greater Spotted Woodpecker take seed for the feeder, turn round and insert it into a hole in the leg of the bird table! Storing?
John’s photograph of a juvenile Marsh Harrier hunting at Druridge Pools today 17/08/22
John, back at Branton 10 days later, and his Yellowhammer is still there – perhaps?
John had this obliging Yellowhammer pose for him at Branton
John was doing one of his regular walks and saw these Razorbills at Cullernose Point yesterday.
A Greenshank at Druridge Pools Friday 17th July – thanks go to John McCutcheon
A surprise on the Ford and Etal Estate – an albino robin seen on the 29th May 2022
It’s overall whiteness makes it highly likely that this is an albino bird but to be absolutely sure the eye colour would need to be observed – red.
Long Nanny – John McCutcheon’s visit allowed him to get these photographs of the Black and Arctic Terns – thank you John
The Long Nanny Black Tern – for the 3rd year in succession
Margaret took these photographs of the now regular visitor. She was on the viewing platform at the Ranger’s hut.
Avocet activity at Cresswell – thanks to John McCutcheon
A Regular visitor to Margaret and Alan’s garden for a week – Lesser Redpoll.
Thank you Margaret for the photos.
Wheatears are back – at Boulmer on the 14th April. Thanks to Mandy Fall for a lovely set of photos.
Avocets return to Low Newton – with a Snipe
A series of smashing photographs by Mandy Fall showing 3 of the 4 Avocets currently at Low Newton along with a Common Snipe.
Cresswell Common Snipe
John McCutcheon was at Cresswell yesterday and took this excellent photograph of this difficult to capture species – Thank you for sharing it John
Travelling to Boulmer this barn owl was almost within touching distance as Alan stopped and Margaret wound her window down. What a pose and what shots.
Ring Ouzel time in the Harthope Valley
Two members, both Davids, went to the Harthope Valley yesterday to see the ring ouzels that arrive in fields alongside Hareshaw Linn.
As well as the birds, one also saw and photographed an adder and common lizard.
Many thanks to both for their photographs.
Mandy took this great shot of a chiffchaff at Seahouses Farm this morning (30/03/21)
Phil Hanmer caught up with the hooded crow at Howick in early March 21
Margaret and Alan catch up with the Berwick snow buntings and Embleton little owl
The buntings must have been after the flies, which is what the black blobs are – not faults in Margaret’s camera. Thanks for these Margaret.
David Richens has been enjoying watching a water rail at Wooler Common and has taken these great photographs – thanks David
Margaret and Alan have been out and about locally with scaup from Ladyburn Lake, kestrel at Low Newton and 1st winter Caspian gull at Amble. Many thanks for these.
Great photographs of male red- breasted merganser at Ladyburn Lake
Margaret and Alan got close to this bird and were able to get good shots of its extravagant plumage and colouring.
Barn Owl on Wooler Common
David walks on the Common first light most mornings and sees this Barn Owl regularly.
Thanks for these David
Mandy’s photographs of the birds seeking shelter and food in the fields at Howick last week
What a range of birds and great shots.
Margaret and Alan were passing Seahouses Golf Club Pond when they saw
this Red-necked Grebe taking on too much of a meal!! Great shots Margaret
Alison’s photographs from the McCormick’s trip to Islay October 2020
Margaret was on hand to get these shots of the colourful Bluethroat at Boulmer
Jill’s menacing Sparrowhawk seen in the road to West Ord last Saturday – thanks Jill
Jill think’s that the bird might be a 2nd year one – based on it’s moult
Philip Hanmer’s photograph of the Avocets at Low Newton
Margaret’s photographs of the Pacific Golden Plover at Low Newton in August 2020
Great photos – thanks very much Margaret
Margaret and Alan continue their Goosander story
You may remember Margaret and Alan’s daily exercise walk along the Aln and their encounter with the goosander. Now there is a family and Margaret took some superb photographs of them. Also of a pied wagtail on the same outing.
Margaret’s Barn Owl photographs from Cresswell this week
Jill and Liz found this uncommon warbler when visiting a wood in the north of the area – Wood Warbler!!. Only 18 sightings in Birds in Northumbria in 2018. Thanks for the good photo in difficult conditions Jill.
Amanda, who lives in Howick village, has been taking advantage of the coastal footpath for her walks over the lfew weeks and these are some of the birds she has seen. Perhaps the most interesting were the grasshopper warblers close to the Bathing House. Thanks for these Amanda.
The most northerly Avocet chicks in England (we think)- Low Newton Scrape
Margaret and Alan’s Daily Exercise Birds
With a circular route form Allerburn Lea, Margaret and Alan saw some good birding sights, So they have been watching a lapwing family with 3 chicks – how special.
Along the Aln they have regularly seen a pair of goosanders and then there is the buzzard overhead – watch out lapwing chicks!
Many thanks to Margaret for the photos
Wheatears south of the Coquet! – heading for the Harthope or College Valleys perhaps
Two friends at Stobswood walk and cycle on the extensive tracks of the restored Maidenhall open cast site, They often see interesting birds – Short-eared Owl and Yellow Wagtail. On Tuesday they saw 6 newly arrived Wheatears. Last year Dale bought a long lens for just such an occasion. Many thanks for the lovely photos Dale.
Margaret and Alan, walking from home to the Aln on the edge of Alnwick, have seen some good birds.
Who would think that a dipper would be nesting under the A1 or a pair of goosander would also be nearby?
David Richens has been having up to 6 redpoll on his feeder. Is it Common or Lesser?
Last Sunday Alison and Stewart were at Branton Ponds and photographed these smart Goldeneye
Yearle Starling murmuration – photographs from Alison and Stewart
Mike Elder’s photos of Purple Sandpipers, Oystercatcher, Dunlin, Starling and Brent Geese whilst out and about in Northumberland. Thanks for these Mike.
Alnmouth meadows – Margaret took these photos this weekend – 22nd Feb.- one of the Russian White Fronts with Canada and Greylag Geese.
Margaret and Alan’s recent interesting sightings
The Leucistic Coot photographs are nearly 6 months apart. The Water Rail was busy feeding at Hauxley and seen form the Skua hide. The female Sparrowhawk was hunting at Cresswell.
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
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.
Alison and Stewart recently went to Gambia on a bird watching trip and Alison has shared some of her great photographs from the trip.