• A Teal from Howdon Wetlands by Jack Bucknall
  • A Pacific Diver at Ladyburn Lake, Druridge Bay Country Park in January 2017 by Paul Buskin
  • A Siberian Accentor at Newbiggin in October 2016 by Alan Jack
  • An Isabelline Wheatear at Holy Island in October 2016 by Tim Sexton
  • A Shorelark at Blyth in October 2015 by David Dinsley
  • An Eider from Seahouses by Adriana Buskin
  • A Jack Snipe from Beadnell by Mark Eaton
  • A Redwing from the Wallsend Parks by Paul Buskin
  • An Iceland Gull by Alan Curry
  • Whooper Swans by Chris Barlow
  • A Lapland Bunting from St Mary's by Paul Buskin
  • Sanderlings from St Mary's by Alan Jack
  • A Waxwing from Ashington by Paul Buskin
  • A Brent Goose by Alan Curry
  • A Barnacle Goose by Adriana Buskin
  • A Curlew by Alan Jack
  • Bar-tailed Godwits from St Mary's by Adriana Buskin
  • Black Grouse by Chris Barlow

Bird Notes

Our Bird Notes are short articles based on original and interesting observations and fieldwork in the county. We would like to encourage members and others to contribute further articles which they feel may be of interest. If you feel that you would like to contribute something to this section please email ntbcorg@gmail.com

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Pine Grosbeak, Holy Island, Northumberland, 11th-12th May 1975.
Added October 2015

A report of events related by Bert Mitchell which tells the tale of the circumstances surrounding a Pine Grosbeak on Holy Island in May 1975.  Manuscript drafted by Derek Clayton and Bert Mitchell – December 2014.
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Red-Kite

North East Red Kite Breeding Report 2015 (Ian Kerr and Ken Sanderson)
Updated October 2015

A brood of four young, the region’s first since breeding recommenced in 2006 after a gap of around 170 years, was the highlight of an otherwise poor season for our local Red Kite population.  The four fledged from a regular breeding site in the Derwent Valley, a very welcome bright spots in another very difficult year which saw alarmingly high failure rates and three more birds killed by illegal poisoning.  Read More

Med-Gull

Origins of Some Mediterranean Gulls in Northumberland (Steve Holliday)
Updated January 2017

This 6th update includes new sightings from 2016 and peak Mediterranean Gull numbers from Newbiggin for the past year. Newbiggin has seen the one regular wintering individual since 1996 being joined by more and more birds, with peak autumn numbers increasing from threein 2005.   Read More

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The Movement of a Sanderling – St Mary’s (Alan Jack)
Added October 2014

Always a delight to watch; careful approach on the beach resulted in many birds coming within a few feet of me. One of the birds carrying coloured leg-rings has returned for it’s fourth year, remaining faithful to this wintering site. Investigation reveals the movements of this tiny long distance traveller.   Read More

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Colour Rings, Metal Rings & Neck Collars (Mike Hodgson)

As a life-long ringer I have a compulsive fascination of wanting to know where it came from,how long ago it was marked & several other things when I see a ringed or colour-ringed bird. It’s amazing what you can find out armed only with a loaf of bread and binoculars!   Read More

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Trying to Find a White-rumped Sandpiper (Colin Bradshaw)

Birding on the 11th September this year wasn’t easy. Hell, standing up wasn’t easy as the edge of Hurricane Katia roared across Northern Britain but the weather system did smell of Nearctic vagrants. There was a small group of waders at the north end of Cresswell Pond; a Curlew Sandpiper, several Dunlin and a smaller greyer bird. Could this be the one to make my day?   Read More

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January 2012 – A Birding Tale in Northumberland

I’ve always loved winter birding in Northumberland and in the past have always tried for a decent January list, normally spurred on from ‘Bird Race’ attempts. My days in the field were limited by work commitments and birding was often restricted to weekends, however despite this my previous best total for the month of January was 127- this year I planned to exceed this and see how far I could go.   Read More

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Northumberland Grey Goose Census 2010 & 2011

This long-running annual monitoring scheme run by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust counts wintering Icelandic Greylag Anser anser and Pink-footed Geese A. brachyrhynchus.
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Visible Migration at Budle Bay (Chris Knox)

For today’s modern birder, standing at a coastal or indeed inland viewpoint each spring and autumn, recording the migration of daylight-migratory species such as larks (Alaudidae), pipits Anthus, wagtails Motacilla, and finches (Fringillidae) is not a popular option.
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