Sunday, 9 December 2012

Just a joy to see again.

 Its probably been about 6-7 years or longer since me and Jan clapped eyes on a Red Squirrel. Theres a disagreement going off still between us where was the last one we seen? I think the Lakes whilst on a camping trip, Jan thinks Thornley woods, Gateshead when there was Reds still around here and we witnessed a poor looking Red from the bird feeding hide here...This individual being the last one we seen here.

But what a joy today seeing these truly British Squirrels again after such a long time span especially only 20 miles up the A19!..

 When I lived in the Wansbeck area over 10 years ago I often seen them around the Sheepwash area on walks along the river here (pre- digi camera time), so after picking up on a few tip offs on the net we tried our luck at Woodhorn museum in Ashington.
 The £3 per-person admission charge was paid on the entrance approach road to this site and loads of Red Squirrel crossing notices encountered on the way in ...looking good we thought.!
 How good was it??? exceptional we thought!
One of the friendly staff/volunteers here has set feeders up (has had for 2 years apparently) beside the car parking area and the Reds along with countless birds etc. are benefiting from this locals endeavours. Hats off to the bloke! He even let me, Jan and Malcolm( pleasure to see you again) sit on the small train here to be more comfy to view the feeders.
 Three of the belters visited these feeders in about a hour we had here....Smiles all round with the viewing public. Three quid each well spent!

On a sadder note :  A Grey Squirrel was photographed earlier today here, the first the local lad who tends the feeders here has encountered. Trap set and lets hope its caught or taken out!

 Downed tired Heron on the Leas last weekend, harried by Jackdaws etc.
 Waxwings in Jarra ..(cheers Davy F.)  opposite St. Pauls in the Don valley last weekend, 2 first off and then built up to 7 during the week.


  1. Great pics of the reds, Steve. You did well to get the ones away from the feeders ... they moved like lightning. As you say, just great to see them. Good to bump into you again today ... strange how it seems to always happen a long way from South Tyneside. Nice to meet Jan and Max too. All the best.


  2. Cheers Malcolm hope to bump into you again soon, and ya never know it might be in ST next time!..