Kielder Osprey and raptor viewpoint

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You may need to spend some time at bakethin, but anything can turn up.For Goshawk pick a sunny day March / April.
Bakethin raptor viewpoint

Bakethin raptor viewpoint

The star attractions at Bakethin are the raptors (goshawk, buzzard, sparrowhawk, Kestrel etc), and there is also a good chance of crossbill.Forest Enterprise have created a raptor viewpoint signposted from the main road about a mile from Kielder Village. The Forest Information Centre at Kielder Castle (tea room and toilets here) has recent video footage of a nearby sparrowhawk nesting site. At the north end of Kielder Water, Bakethin Reservoir has been declared a nature reserve. Green Woodpecker, Kingfisher, Siskin, Crossbill,Goosander are all possible.

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LEFT: Goshawk from Birds by Character The Fieldguide to Jizz Identification (below)

Birds by Character-The Fieldguide to Jizz IdentificationBirds by Character-The Fieldguide to Jizz Identification
Jizz recognition is not a new birdwatching skill, but it is neglected.Modern ornithologists have built up a highly sophisticated knowledge of plumage detail - and tend to rely on it (with the help from high-powered optics at the expence of the more intuitive perceptions of birds.
Yet who, when the bird is just too far away, or the light not good enough, does not fall back on intuitive, 'jizz' perceptions to make identifications? a good birdwatcher has always been someone who can tell a robin at a hundred yards simply by the way it drops off a fence.This is a fieldguide that helps develop that skill alongside conventional seperation by plumage detail.
Every birder should have a copy of this.
The Goshawk Poyser
A large and spectacular bird of prey, the Goshawk lives in boreal forests throughout the Northern hemisphere. A powerful hunter of large birds and woodland mammals, it was persecuted for many years by game keepers to the point of extinction in the UK. However, escaped falconry birds led to the establishment of a new population in the 1960s, though the species remains rare and elusive — birders need a combination of hard work and a little luck to see this magnificent raptor.

The Goshawk is an authoritative yet highly readable monograph of the species. It includes chapters on nomenclature, races and morphs, biometrics, nesting, incubation and chick-rearing, migration, feeding ecology, population dynamics, and conservation, punctuated throughout with illuminating tales from author Robert Kenward’s extensive field research. The book is packed with illustrations, figures and maps, and contains a selection of the author’s superb photographs of the birds. The product of almost 30 years work, this title is a classic Poyser monograph; birders will enjoy the fascinating insights into the biology of the bird, while academics will appreciate the book’s comprehensive literature review.

Format Hardback 320 pages. 234 x 154 mm.
Illustrations 8 pp colour photographs.
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The Goshawk Poyser
Where to watch Birds in North East EnglandWhere to watch Birds in North East England

Goshawk Accipiter gentilis.Picture Sergey Yeliseev

Goshawk Accipiter gentilis.Picture Sergey Yeliseev

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