Animal Magic

Once again i’ve been seriously neglecting this blog ! Since my last posting we’ve been doing a lot of walking up The Northumbrian Coast , joined the RSPB , joined the Natural History Society of Northumbria (NHSN) but given up our membership of the National Trust . 

The main reason for joining the NHSN was to gain access to the Gosforth Park Nature Reserve as it’s not open to the general public apart from when they hold an open day .

During the recent bad weather we’ve had quite a few different visitors to out Back Garden Feeders , including some Reed Buntings and a Yellowhammer……

(Click on the Photos to see full size) 

One bird we weren’t expecting was a Female Sparrowhawk ! Obviously attracted by the possibility of a feed itself……

We’ve also been attracting quite a few Goldfinches…..

Last Weekend , on Easter Sunday , we went to the Gosforth Park Nature Reserve for the first time , this is one bit of Gosforth Park i’d never seen before , i grew up playing in the Park itself and i have to say it is an amazing little nature reserve . It consists of a shallow lake, extensive reed beds and mixed woodland backing on to the back of the Race Course , there are a few Hides to relax in and watch the wildlife . On the lake there was a good mixture of Waterfowl……

Greylag Geese

Little Grebe

Tufted Duck

On our wanders we came across a trio of Roe Deer , one of which appeared to be expecting……

At the Hide near the entrance they had a rather large feeding station which had the usual suspects…..

My Favourite of the Day !

We’re already looking forward to our return , Hopefully we’ll be able to get photos of the Kingfisher and Long-tailed Tit the next time !

We’ve also being paying visits to the Northumberland Wildlife Trusts Hides at The Big Waters Nature Reserve ……

More Photos are available on my Flickr Page HERE

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Through the Kitchen Window……

After the enjoyment of watching the Bird table and feeding stations on our recent holiday in Yorkshire , we decided to invest in a feeding station for the back garden . Now we know we’ll probably never get a Woodpecker at ours , we did know that the garden does have resident Blackbirds and Robins as well as regular visits from Magpies  , Doves and Crows .

So the feeding station was set up directly infront of the Kitchen window and from time to time i recorded what appeared…….

One of the Resident Robins

Finches

We have had a few Finches , A Goldfinch which i haven’t been able to capture yet .

A Greenfinch Which is also playing hard to get !

A Young Female Chaffinch

(We’ve also had Males)

Tits

Loads of them ! Especially Blues…….

Blue Tit

Coal Tit

And lastly we’ve had lots of Spuggies !

House Sparrow