Saturday, January 01, 2011

Here we go....

Not much birding today. As its my birthday, time is usually spent out and about for a walk with Jane and Bunty, usually via a dog friendly pub.

Today was nice and fair with a cool NW breeze blowing. Some hazy sunshine popped through at lunchtime, the first since the milder weather. The landscape is now green all but for isolated patches of dirty snow in the shade.

We drove all of 4 miles, parked up, and did a circular walk around Alnmouth and Foxton today, stopping mid way at a pub in the village for soup and the finest homemade cheescake that has graced my gob (vanilla and gingerbread).

The main natural history event of the day was a new bird for the garden when a duck and drake Goosander flew low, west, right overhead. Those and half a dozen Tree Sparrows at the feeders were about it really. I'll be out for a couple of hours in the morning kicking the OFFH list off proper.

9 comments:

Birding Ecosse said...

Happy Birthday and Happy New year.

New garden tick for me was four Whooper Swan flyover.

Hope 2011 brings many good birds to you.

Regards

Dave

Holywell Birder said...

Happy Birthday :)

Skev said...

HNY & Happy Birthday - is lager with a sherry chaser a Northumberland thing?

Steve Gale said...

Happy Birthday Stewart. 29 are you?

Stewart said...

Thanks all.

Skev - No. Its much, much worse than that... :)

Steve - 47. Oh god, have I just said that...

Dean said...

A belated happy birthday from me Stewart and a garden tick for a prezzie.

Northumbrian Birding said...

Happy Birthday Stewart looking forward to your postings for 2011, I must admit didn't think you would be sherry drinker either ,were they out of Babycham!!!!.
Brian

Emma Anderson said...

Happy Birthday, Stewart. And, a Happy New Year.

Birding about Northumberland said...

Happy Birthday

Michelle