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February 2006

Thursday, 23 February 2006

Male merlin perched on mossy hummock, Shetland Isles

Long Weekend on the Northumberland Coast

Early February saw the group take its first long weekend away in the Winter - and where else but potentially the coldest spot in England on the north Northumberland Coast. In reality the weather was kind to us with some good sunshine and mild conditions. Based in Beadnell and Seahouses we were provided with excellent accommodation and quality food. Nearly 100 species were notched up, with highlights including a raft of over ten Black-throated Divers, Slavonian Grebes, Velvet Scoter, Purple Sandpiper, Merlin, Hen Harrier and a lovely group of Crossbills on the final day. A bracing day was had by all on Holy Island, and the mainland gave some fine scenery and castles. Will we do another trip next winter? Well, watch this space.