Thursday, 30 January 2020


Bar-tailed Godwit

January is usually my favourite month for wandering around the county. Visits to Chevington may drop to only three a week (aaagh).


In the last week or so I have made visits to: Newbiggin, Wallington, Hartburn, Boulmer, Harwood Forest, Longhoughton, Howick Hall and Amble.

Water Pipit


You'll have to zoom in to get the details; white outer tail, rich brown rump, bold supercillium and almost unstreaked lower flanks. A very easy bird to spot in flight but not approachable. On the same day up to 24 Rock Pipits and at least one Scandi (litorallis) bird.


Common Crane (adult)

Seemingly present since well before the New Year.

Goosander (female)

Grey Wagtail
(Adult male winter plumage)

Hazel Flowers
Male above, Female below.

Black Redstart

Another long stayer and faithful to a short stretch of beach/cliff.

Hooded Crow

Betula utilis

Pink-footed Geese

3000+ in the Druridge area.

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