Bolam Lake country park

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Bolam Lake Country Park

Bolam Lake Country Park

Bolam Lake Country Park is situated in the heart of the beautiful Northumberland countryside surrounded by historic landscapes and dramatic views. It has lakeside, woodland and open grassed areas . Bolam Lake has no regular bus service but there is a Summer Service that runs from Newcastle past the park on a Sunday.The Visitor Centre is a good starting point for your visit and is open every weekend and school holidays from 10.30 am. There is a shop which sells gifts, books and distributes leaflets. There is also a cafe serving sandwiches, soup and cakes. There are 3 car parks for which there is a charge (at time of writing) of £1.20 for up to 2 hours and £2.40 all day. An annual permit is available.
All common woodland birds are present.Excellent close views of Nuthatch (right) .Probably at its most interesting in winter with the possibility of smew and other sawbills being present along with flocks of fieldfare, redwing and brambling.The feeding station attracts nuthatch and great-spotted woodpecker along with red squirrel which are here in good numbers.

below: jays are numerous, but are usually heard rather than seen.

MEGA Eyebrowed thrush - rare sighting sparks twitcher stampede to Northumberland

MEGA Eyebrowed thrush - rare sighting sparks twitcher stampede to Northumberland

Student Ross Moore took a walk around Northumberland beauty spot Bolam Lake Country Park and sparked a birding stampede.
Ross, who has just taken up wildlife photography, was walking around Bolam Lake Country Park on Friday afternoon with his parents when he photographed a bird perched in a nearby hawthorn tree.
His father Andrew trained his binoculars on the tree and concluded that it was a bird he had never seen before.
When they returned to the family home in Prudhoe, they identified it as an eyebrowed thrush, which breeds in Siberia and migrates for the winter to south East Asia.
Once Ross posted his pictures online, it sparked an internet surge from birders across the country.
“Everything went into meltdown, and it started to sink in about what I had stumbled across,,” said Ross.
It turned out to be the first eyebrowed thrush to be seen in Northumberland and only the 24th to be recorded in the UK, with the last bird accessible to spotters being back in 1995.
Ross said: “I returned to Bolam Lake at first light on Saturday and there were between 70 and 100 birders there.
“Some had come from places like Hampshire, Sussex and Glasgow and had driven through the night to get there to see a bird with mega-rare status.
“I got a lot of handshakes and congratulations. I was told it was a ‘lifer’, which is a bird you may see once in a lifetime and that I had been very lucky.”
Tim Dean, county recorder for the Northumberland and Tyneside Bird Club, said: “It is an extraordinary and genuine record. It is amazing and nobody believed it at first.
“But it is all credit to Ross and I shook his hand."
The bird has now vanished. Tim said: “If it had stayed it would have attracted literally hundreds and hundreds of people.”
He said that the bird had probably arrived on easterly winds which had also delivered other species rare to Britain.
These included several Siberian accentors on the east cost, including one bird at Easington in County Durham which had a long queue of birders snaking around the site to catch a glimpse. Sightings were also made at Holy Island and Newbiggin by the Sea.
Other eastern European species such as the Isabelline wheatear and shrike have also turned up on Holy Island.
“It has been an extraordinary autumn with the winds bringing birds from Siberia to the North East,” said Tim.
Story Newcastle Evening Chronicle

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