Category Archives: Birds

Swallows Return

This week saw the return of our local swallows.  They were a bit later than normal but they came back to a wonderful bright evening; their beige tinted fronts turned to a warm brown in the low, late evening sunshine. … Continue reading

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Rediscovering the Coast

For a year we have been climbing hills and in doing so have given little attention to the coast, and coast is something that Northumberland does well.  Yesterday was a day of sunshine and wind; a strong wind blowing offshore … Continue reading

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Prepared for winter

It was a beautiful sunny December morning but the icy north-westerly wind hinted that winter really had arrived.  The low sunlight picked out all the lumps and bumps in the fields, old field boundaries, terraces and trackways picked out in … Continue reading

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Grouse everywhere

This year seems to have been a good one for red grouse on the managed moors of Northumberland.  A walk up Watson’s Pike, a couple of days ago, took us out on to the well-tended heather above the green valley … Continue reading

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Back on the Nent

Duncan was back on the River Nent near Alston yesterday doing some maintenance and remedial work on sections of river bank protection.  Shortly after installation last winter the river suffered a severe flood.  This scoured out some of the newly … Continue reading

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Shillhope Law

Another weekend and another hill; this week’s ascent was of Shillhope Law in Upper Coquetdale.  The weather swapped between winter and spring with hail flurries and sunshine, a cool breeze but warmth in shelter.  The wildlife too tried to cling … Continue reading

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Trips out into the Maasai Mara: part 3 the birds

It’s easy to think of the Maasai Mara as simply a game reserve, a place to see the large cats, the antelope, zebras, buffalo and the like: yet it is also a great place to watch a huge range of … Continue reading

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