Washington Wetland Center – October 2019

After we’d visited NELSAM we still had a couple of hours of daylight so decided to visit WWT Washington Wetland Centre as it was only up the road from the museum and is always good for birds and otters. The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust started out in Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, and was set up by Sir Peter Scott, (son of Scott of the Antarctic).  Peter became an Olympic sailing medallist and a well-known painter and broadcaster. He created the IUCN red list which measures whether species are threatened or endangered. He was the founding chair of WWF – and even drew…

WWT April 2018 – part 2 – Dancing Birds

Part 1 HERE Springtime is always fun for the birds at the WWT, they all seem very perky and dancing about.       Not everyone wanted to join in           1 point for each, if you know who sang the songs I used for the captions 🙂   SaveSave

Washington Wildfowl Trust~ April 2018~ Part 1 ~ Duckfest!

Sophie and I did get out and about a lot in April, so I’m way behind with posting our adventures. We visited the WWT to see if there were any baby birds to shoot.         They were in the muddy pond at the beginning of the walk around the wetlands, further on there is a big lake, which had prettier water         stay tooned for the dancing birds next time. 🙂   all pictures clickable and embiggenable.           SaveSave

Fraggle Report~Washington Wildfowl Trust~March 2017

One of the first outings Sophie and I had this year, was to visit the wildfowl trust at Washington, a reasonably regular haunt as the birds there are cool to see. First though we went to see the building of the new bridge across the River Wear in Sunderland.  It’s a bit of a behemoth and will link up Castletown to Pallion, or, as my hubby says, will link up one shit~hole to another shit~hole 🙂 I think they must be trying to have an iconic bridge, as Newcastle has 7 beautiful ones, and the other Sunderland bridges are pig…

The Wetlands Report ~part 4

Part 1   Part 2   Part 3 Some more of the birds we saw along the way in the slideshow, but my fave shot of the day was this… After walking through the reserve, we then took Cal to see the incubation part, and one of the wardens gave a show and tell. Cal got to stroke the duck baby after the duckfest we went off in search of the cafe, going past the insect garden where flowers were just springing into action then Cal wanted to be carried as he needed a rest luckily there was a playground in sight and…

The Wetlands report~part 3

Part 1     Part 2 Onwards ever onwards,after the pheasants and having a Cal-rest we walked on around the reserve, and Cal started a little collection of treasures the sky grew darker and we saw some swans flying away and we came to some more water and saw some ducks and other floating birds then it started to rain a bit   and Cal needed another rest   some more yet to come, but for now, laters gaters 😉  

The Wetlands Reports~part 2

Some more shots from our walk around the wetlands. It’s a lovely place to go, they do a lot of conservation of endangered species, and have a good cafe too! As we walked through the woodlands, a herd of geese came charging at us, the parents being very protective and the babies wanting seeds. Cal was a little spooked as they came charging towards us but we got the seed out and that calmed everything down. moving on we came to a pond with a single swan on it and walked past a field of common spotted orchids and then we met The…

The Wetlands Report~ part 1

A few weeks ago we took our grandson Cal out for the day to the wetlands park not far from where we live. It’s a bird sanctuary mostly, with a fab collection of birds from around the world, but they also have an insect garden,and otters, though they were not about this day. I can never remember most of the birds names, sorry about that! Lots of birds to see and feed, and quite a few with chicks as it was, probably still is, breeding season here. Cal wanted a rest every 100 yards 🙂 but we persuaded him to…