After a difficult few weeks I have finally got around to getting up to date with the blog. First up is to finish off our trip to Northumberland last month.
After the day on the Farne Islands we changed tack and went inland, firstly to a small reserve not far from Seahouses, run by the Northumberland Wildlife Trust at West Fleetham, third is made up of five very small sites of which we visited three, Long Nanny Wood, Farm Pond and Quarry Meadow.
While Lang Nanny Wood was lovely and only a short walk, I think the only birds we saw were Woodpigeon and Blackbird, plenty of bird song but couldn't see a thing!
Farm Pond was great with two easily accessible hides and again only short walks, the views over the pond were limited at this time of year due to the foliage, but we did see a Kingfisher, briefly, plus Little Grebe and Tufted Duck.
Quarry Meadow again had a nice hide, overlooking what may have been a badgers set, but now totally obscured by nettles. Not much to report other than, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Buzzard, Swallows and Martins. I guess visiting here earlier in the year would prove a much better prospect.
From here we drove on to a National Trust property at Wallington in search of Red Squirrels. Since we last visited in 2009 they have built a nice woodland hide in which we spent a few hours, well it would have been rude not to! So did we see any Squirrels? I think that's a yes:
So as not to make a 5th post for Northumberland, I will briefly add a few pics from a walk down to the National Trust Reserve at Beadnell to see the Little Terns (and Arctic Terns)
These are the Little Tern 'nests' raised onto crates and pallets, so that action can be taken in the event of tidal surges and spring tides, one of which was due the week after, so fingers crossed all went well and the nests survived.
So that was Northumberland. We did make a stop on the way home, but I will cover that in a separate post.