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While in Covid-19 lockdown, I am updating this blog twice a week - on Tuesdays and Fridays...


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Owling

Posted on 23 June, 2020 at 7:35 Comments comments ()

Wallsend Rising Sun Country Park is our 'go to' place at the moment - right on the doorstep and there is often some interesting stuff to see. We had received reports of successfully breeding Long-eared Owls - with the owlets often being easy to spot.

So, last Saturday, off I went.  The walk, past East Benton Farm, usually has some surprises as well as regular sightings. There is always a goodly number of House Sparrows and Hogweeed makes statuesque flower and seed...

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Memories

Posted on 19 June, 2020 at 5:25 Comments comments ()

Haven't been far or seen much the last couple of days - so here is what I was doing in June 2017.  Photographs from some of my favourite local sites...





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Walltown

Posted on 16 June, 2020 at 7:50 Comments comments ()

First of all, O Loyal Fan, apologies for not posting last Friday.  Excuse? It was my birthday and - amid all the jollity - I forgot!

On Sunday (14th June) we went on one of our rare outings.  Tired of the continuous low cloud hanging over the coast, we travelled westwards along the Military Road and Hadrian's Wall.  We ended up at Walltown Crags - where it was, indeed, a lovely sunny day.

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Gosforth Nature Reserve

Posted on 9 June, 2020 at 9:45 Comments comments ()

The Natural History Society of Northumbria (NHSN) plays quite a big part in our lives - and Gosforth Nature Reserve in particular. The Reserve has been closed for several weeks now - but has just re-opened, with social distancing guidelines in place.  Unfortunately, our 'shielding' situation means that it is not really an option for us.

Here are some images I've taken at the Reserve - to show what we are missing!
Kingfishers always attract the photographers......

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Perils of parenthood

Posted on 5 June, 2020 at 14:05 Comments comments ()

We don't have a great variety of birds in the garden - despite the generous supply of varied food.

The Blue Tits are quite confiding (even when we are walking the kittens).  I've noticed what a bedraggled state they are in as they come to feed on the suet balls.  Obviously they are worn out by foraging for their young and bashing themsleves as they go in and out of the nest hole.

Here are two pictures from February at Washington WWT - showing them i...

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Bee EXTRA

Posted on 4 June, 2020 at 9:55 Comments comments ()

As far as I can tell the problem with loading, and you seeing, photos seems to have been sorted.  So, oh dear  fan, here is a little bee bonus (on a Thursday). On Tuesday June 2nd the sun was shining in the garden and I got very good shots of a large bee with a white tail.

The beauty of taking photos is that you can have a good look afterwards instead of trying to identify the bee while she is buzzing around.

The white tail and yellow bands meant eit...

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Gremlins

Posted on 3 June, 2020 at 8:20 Comments comments ()

Today is Wednesday 3rd June 2020 - I should, if I am sticking to my schedule, have posted yesterday. But the site has developed a problem which the host is looking into.  Photographs are not all showing properly.  I can't tell whether you will be able to see any new photographs or not.

So, forgive me if I do not spend a lot of time preparing a post that no-one can see!

Here is a 2020 picture of my most avid fan's...

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Oops - nearly missed it!

Posted on 29 May, 2020 at 17:50 Comments comments ()

It's Friday at 23.00.  I am meant to post every Tuesday and Friday!  It has been such a beautiful day that I have never stopped in the garden and working on the next in the series of bird tables.  But just before going to bed I rememebered that my loyal fan will be waiting for their Friday edition.

We are planning for a wildflower meadow in our garden makeover.  One plant that will feature will be Red Campion.  We have (at th...

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Him or her?

Posted on 26 May, 2020 at 9:25 Comments comments ()

A brief blog today...

As mentioned previously a queen bumblebee's first offspring - workers - are females who do not reproduce but go out foraging.

Later, males are produced and they often look different from the females.  New queens are also produced later in the season.  The males will die off in autumn while the new queens hibernate.

This is the first male bee that I have (knowingly!) seen.  This is male Early Bumblebee (Bombus prato...

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Birds - take 2

Posted on 22 May, 2020 at 10:35 Comments comments ()

So - we ventured out on our second trip yesterday.  Realising that coastal spots would probably be very popular - not necessarily with 'birders' but certainly with dog walkers and kite fliers - we headed for a little known reserve at Linton Lane. We've been quite fortunate with warblers there before - and other passerines too.

On the way we called in at QE II Park at Woodhorn.  We stayed in the car as it was pretty busy - Mute Swans, Coots,...

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