18th April - first Curlew on nest. 100 passage birds on adjacent field
Still a common enough bird in lowland Co.Durham -
18th April - Leo nest in path side hedge at 10'
19th April - 14 species of Waders
with Dunlin & Whimbrel later in week
Common Sand - bonny when seen close up
19th April - first Dippers fledged - others still building
20th April - Houghton - the new Norfolk
Male Marsh Harrier, drake Garganey, Yellow Wagtail
Bittern at dusk
22nd April - Reed Sedge & Groppers in
Vixen close to Lapwing nest at dusk - pair working together to out smart her
23rd April - White Stork
Marsh Harrier another male hunting through nth
vis migs Fieldfare Siskin alba wags Golden Plover Snipe Brambling Buzzard etc
Long-eared Owl nest with 2 !
24th April - male Goshawk
adult male came into view calling !
Lesser Whitethroat - sev obs reporting birds in central areas
male Perg shadowed by 150 hirundines
another Kingfisher nest on patch
Foxes den Otters kill New Badger sett EPOrchids flowering Tawny nest doing well etc etc
A great week - I should blog daily so I can add a bit of detail.
(lots of retrospective stuff to add too).