Feb 182016
Cliffe Pools and Northward Hill

A large group met in the car park at Cliffe on Sunday morning.   Amazing, given the weather forecast the day before which was for rain all day.   It could not have been different; although cold, we had a bright day with sunshine and when we could get out of the wind it was […]

Dec 172012
Three new species . . .

Last Wednesday I added three new species to my year list, and one of them a new bird for me (which after 30-odd years of birdwatching is no mean feat – although it might just say something about the standard of my talents!) With a hard frost the landscape was beautiful with bright sunshine glistening […]

Aug 282012
Northward Hill

A Sunday walk at Northward Hill was the Group Bank Holiday treat.   After stormy wet weather yesterday it was great to get out in the sunshine and warmth of a summer day.   Eight of us joined Jeff at our local reserve.   Our sightings started from the car park with  Barn Swallow, Goldfinch, […]

May 252012
Northward Hill

Following on from the success of our dawn chorus on Saturday, 13 of us gathered in eager anticipation at the reserve for the first of our Tuesday summer walks with Malcolm and Sally. As we drove into the car park a cuckoo called, wood pigeons were joined by chaffinch, greenfinch, goldfinch and house sparrow around […]

May 202012
Dawn Chorus at Northward Hill

A dozen folk set their alarms early and met at the car park at Bromhey Farm for a 6am start.  Although not strictly dawn, it was early enough and there was plenty to test our listening skills.  The day started cool but calm and gradually warmed up as the sun came out. Within a few […]

Feb 102012
Cliffe Pools and Northward Hill - Brrrr!

On a cold wintry day with snow falling I found myself with my usual Wednesday crew walking at Cliffe.   As we donned our layers a group of around 30 chaffinch fed on seeds nearby, as we moved around they flew across the car park to nearby trees then returned as their confidence grew.   Linnet were […]

Mar 302011

We spent this afternoon at Northward Hill, walking from the RSPB Office along the Heron Trail.   Amongst the species seen and heard were:   Goldfinch, greenfinch, wren, blue tit, great tit with chiffchaff and song thrush singing well.   From the Marsh viewpoint there were teal, wigeon, coot, moorhen, shelduck.   Over the fields towards the Heronry were seen rook, jackdaw, […]

Mar 202011

25 people met at the Salt Lane car park this morning  for our walk at Cliffe led by Malcolm and Sally.   Before we had our boots and coats on a kestrel flew over our heads and landed on one of the overhead cables enabling great telescope views for all.   The bird seemed to hunt ahead […]