Thursday 27th March 2008
Walked Bennyboy around the edge of Atheys Dene at 1700. Saw a Green Woodpecker flying from the Abbey and over the Dene. Yesterday morning I heard a one calling near the bypass bridge. This may have been the same bird. Green Woodpeckers are quite scarce in lowland Northumberland so any sighting is noteworthy. The wood was alive with birdsong yesterday as well as three Great spotted Woodpeckers drumming but still no Chiffchaffs singing yet. The river was quiet with a female Goosander at High ford the only bird of note.