Scottish Highlands - Saturday 7th to 14th September 2013

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Here are a few pictures from my week in the Scottish Highlands which included trips to Skye, the Flow Country, Speyside, The Black Isle, Gairloch & the surrounding areas.







































RSPB Saltholme - Saturday 23rd November 2013

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I finally got out for a bit of birding for the first time following the wonderful trip to the Scottish Highlands at the start of September.

A quiet day bird wise......

Today's Sightings included: Golden Plover, Barnacle Goose, Canada Goose, Greylag, Pintail, Wigeon, Goldfinch, Coot, Curlew, Lapwing & Kestrel.


Finally Some Birding - Monday 26th August 2013

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After spending several days & weekends doing DIY stuff around the house/garden, Mrs Y & I (plus Noddle) finally got out to do some birding.

We headed to Tynemouth Pier following reports of a Wryneck, but after nearly two hours of staring at some bushes & no sign we decided to head further up the coast.

Today's Sightings Included:

Tynemouth:- Goldfinch, Whitethroat, Sparrow-hawk, Linnet, Greenfinch & House Martin.

Cresswell:- Greenshank, Sandwich Tern, Spotted Redshank & Redshank.

East Chevington:- Greenshank, Lapwing, Grey Heron, Golden Plover, Knot, Ruff, Common Tern, Great Crested Grebe, Great Black Backed Gull, Curlew & Dunlin.


Tynemouth
Wryneck in there somewhere!
Cresswell Pond
East Chevington

Seabird and cetacean cruise to the Farne Deeps (Wed 14th August 2013)

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Noddle & I meet up with the others at Royal Quays to board the boat with our guide Martin for the Northern Experience Wildlife Tour trip to Farnes Deep.

For a few years I have wanted to do the 10 hour trip, after having wonderful experiences on short NEWT pelagics in the past.

Today's Sightings:-

Cetaceans - Minke Whale, Harbour Porpoise & between 50-60 White-Beaked Dolphins
Birds - Arctic Skua, Great Skua, Sooty Shearwater, Manx Shearwater, Fulmar, Puffin, Razorbill, Guillemot & various Gulls.

WBD - Photo by Stephen Wales

WBD - Photo by Stephen Wales

WBD - Photo by Stephen Wales
Here is the blog posting from our NEWT guide HERE.

Trip up the coast (Monday 22nd July 2013)

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Mrs Y & I popped up to Cresswell with Noddle for an hour or so tonight via Snab Point.


Tonight's Sightings included:
Snab Point - Curlew, Eider, Common Scoter, Velvet Scoter & Oystercatcher.

Cresswell Pond - Avocet, Common Tern, Sandwich Tern, Grey Heron, Canada Goose, Little Gull, Lapwing, Redshank, Tufted Duck & Pied Wagtail.

Low Barns (Sunday 21st July 2013)

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Today's Sightings included: Mute Swan, Great Crested Grebe, Willow Tit, Grey Heron, Bullfinch, Coot, Moorhen, Kingfisher, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Cormorant, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Goldfinch & Nuthatch.

Low Barns Visitor Centre



River Wear
North Hide
South Hide

Northumbria Water Hide
West Pasture Hide