Monthly Archives: April 2011

29th April 2011 – Esk ‘n’ Eden

A couple of hours out birding this morning to escape the Royal Wedding and catch up with a few more year ticks. Advertisements

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27th April 2011 – Curlew Sand…

This smart Curlew Sandpiper was a nice find at Bowness-on-Solway today… 30+ Whimbrel were in the Port Carlisle area… And the 3 Ruff were still on the scrape at Campfield… The only downside of all this superb weather is that the much … Continue reading

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24th & 25th April 2011 – Wood Warbler wows in gorgeous Gelt…

More glorious sunshine today and finally a full day off to enjoy it. Geltsdale seemed like a good idea, a relaxing family walk, beautiful scenery and some great birding too. After paddling in the Gelt for ages we began the walk, and a Garden … Continue reading

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23rd April 2011 – Groppertastic!

This little fella has been audible from our house for a few days now, but only this morning have I had the opportunity to attempt to see him. First views were poor… But then after a while it crept out into … Continue reading

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21st April 2011 – Redstarts

The only benefit of working backshifts until gone midnight is that I can sometimes squeeze in a bit of birding in the mornings. Just ten minutes from home and I was listening to a gropper reeling distantly and then a … Continue reading

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18th April 2011 – Showy Owl

Well the last day of my ‘long’ weekend today, and I managed to resist the temptation to go to Bamburgh for the Black Scoter. Much as I love that stretch of the northeast coast I couldn’t justify the expense of going to … Continue reading

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17th April 2011 – Fall of Wheatears, 1st Whimbrel of the year and the Solway Bore…

Up with the lark this morning, it’s definately best to get out early on Sundays before the usual disturbance by fishermen and walkers, and it was really worthwhile. On the marsh I soon became aware of lots of Wheatears, and I mean lots, … Continue reading

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