Yes, theres a first time for everything and this was my first time at Gosforth Park Nature Reserve. Was i disappointed, was i bugg.... no i wasn't. In fact i had a cracking day, cheers John, and picked up 2 new species. Having "dipped" in Kent at Stodmarsh, i was sitting in one of the hides overlooking the shallow lake wondering whether i would spot this particular species when there was a rustle in the reeds and up rose a majestic bird along with strangled shouts of "BITTERN,BITTERN,BITTERN!". I saw it for a total of 2/3 seconds but that was enough for me, as it rose from the reed bed only to drop back down in a matter of 6 metres. I turned to John who had that daft glazed over look which i'm sure i had as well, which confirmed he had seen it. A first for him also. I'm sure i will see a Bittern again but i remember exactly where i saw my first of all the species that i have seen but some stand out more than others and this will be one of them. This was all after another first for both John and i, but there is a slight snag which i'm sure someone who reads this, if indeed anyone out there likes to read drivel, could iron out for us both. This first was a Redpoll but we are not sure if they were Lesser or Mealy. I'm posting 3 shots of one of these birds showing rump, back and head and could somebody put us out of our misery, PLEASE.
Anyone who has never been, and has thought about visiting Gosforth Park should sign up tomorrow and get along, you wont be disappointed. Sightings included Blue and Great Tits, Robin,Blackbird, Dunnock,Nuthatch,Coal and Willow Tits, Mute Swan,Moorhen,Coot,Crow,Jackdaw,Jay( 4 together),Chaffinch,Dove(various),L.T.Tit,Goldfinch,B.H.Gull,Grey Heron,Magpie,Mallard,Teal,Wigeon,Treecreeper,Woodpigeon,BITTERN and errrrr REDPOLL. Oh yes and whilst putting our gear in the car spoke to a couple who were also leaving who reckoned they saw a Goldcrest.
Below is a nice image of a Coal Tit i captured along with those 3 not so good I.D. shots of what i hope is a Redpoll, otherwise i'll look more daft than i usually do. An I.D. by anyone will be very welcome. I thank you in advance and promise to dance at your wedding , if indeed you are not already married or plan to divorce in the near future.