Birdwatching with Bird Watching

by on Sep.24, 2010, under Birdwatching

Following our adventure in the North Sea on Saturday, I had to gather my thoughts, and clean my binoculars and ‘scope,  ready for a full week of guided birdwatching.  I drove north on Sunday to meet up with Sheena Harvey, editor of Bird Watching Magazine, and her husband Alan.  With nearly three days to show them the delights that Northumberland has to offer, in terms of birdwatching holidays, guided birdwatching and birdwatching in general, I was really looking forward to the trip.  It started a bit later than expected due to vehicle and aquarium problems at their end 🙁 but we had a nice meal at the Lindisfarne Inn on Sunday night and discussed the plan for the next few days.

If there was one moment that I thought stood out it was early in the trip, on Monday morning.  As we approached Budle Bay I could see a few geese in the ‘goose fields’.  We stopped to check them and I commented that with the strong northwesterly winds there should be plenty of geese starting to arrive soon.  Then, as if on cue, the skeins started dropping from the skies.  Mainly Pink-footed Geese, but with a good handful of Barnacle Geese along for good measure.  Well over 1000 birds settled into the field in front of us in just over 20 mins.  That was just the start of some very good birding and wildlife watching.  I’m not going to spoil Sheena’s article  by writing a detailed report so, if you want to read about it, you’ll have to buy the January issue (on sale 20th December) 🙂

By mid-afternoon on Wednesday it was time for Sheena and Alan to head back to the deep south of Lincolnshire, after three really enjoyable days for us – and I’m sure for them as well 🙂

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