THE Howdon Blogger and I were out on Saturday. It was as grey as a grey thing on a grey background with a hint of grey. The camera never left the bag.
An excited Big Waters crew had the sighting of a Bittern. I didn't as it was hidden by brickwork in the hide but views of Scaup and Otters made up for it. Surprisingly, Bitterns haven't been seen too often over the years at Big Waters and when we swopped hides a rather miffed A.J.J. wasn't overawed by the happy smiling mugs as he hadn't seen it. Ironically he had left minutes earlier as it was getting crowded. Unbelievably over the years had has had very few sightings on his patch.
The fields at Prestwick Carr held very little as did the hedgerows. My first ever visit to the viewing platform brought me a couple of Willow Tits, not much else.
The post heading ???
That refers to the fishcakes in Hazelrigg. According to the Howdon Guzzler " The Fish Quay fish cakes are more fishy than the Hazelrigg ones"
Tuesday had me visiting Gosforth Park and again it was quiet. I did have a brief glimpse of a Bittern there, from the Pierce hide, and one of the regulars reckons he has seen three. He mentioned others reckon there might be four on the reserve. A large flock of Canada Geese (@120) fed in the fields between the two hides just outside the reserve and a Buzzard circled for a minute or two also. Conditions underfoot aren't good and the path between the hides is treacherous. Wear wellies if you are planning to visit and expect to spend some time cleaning them when you get home.