Been away for the weekend to my girlfriend’s parents’ house in County Durham. The house is actually a B&B in Castleside, and sits in the middle of nowhere, overlooking fields and woods. A good sign was that as we drove down the path to the house, a little owl flew in front of us and perched on the wall next to us. It allowed us to inch the car right beside it, and stood staring us out for a good few minutes.
The birdtable by the window at the house is incredible. It’s visited by hordes of greenfinch, chaffinch, goldfinch and blue and great tits, and semi-regular visits from a great spotted woodpecker. There’s also dunnock, wrens, robins and various others skulking about the undergrowth.
We took an excursion to Low Newton By The Sea, a beautiful piece of Northumberland shoreline owned by the National Trust. The beach is beautiful, and there’s a small nature reserve with a hide overlooking a pool that houses a large amount of geese and ducks. There were huge flocks of curlews, lapwings and golden plovers, lots of different species of gull, cormorants flying low over the sea, and eiders bobbing about. There were also redshanks, oystercatchers and turnstones exploring the rocks.
Sadly another sight for the weekend was a roadkill badger, on the A1 near Corbridge. I’ve only ever seen two badgers in my entire lifetime, and both of them have been dead by the side of the road. Hopefully one day this will change.
The weekend’s full list:
Little Owl, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Pheasant, Grey Heron, Mallard, Teal, Tufted Duck, Eider, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Moorhen, Collared Dove, Woodpigeon, Cormorant, Little Grebe, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Curlew, Redshank, Turnstone, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Golden Plover, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Dunnock, Robin, Wren, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Magpie, House Sparrow, Pied Wagtail, Starling