has seen an odd hour or two snatched here & there & very productive its been too...
over this last week or so, every day or two has been bringing sights & sounds we have been unable to savour for several months....
3/4 Blackcap - several males holding territory at Joes Pond, but not yet widespread
2/4 House Martin (my earliest record by a week) & a a couple of singing Willow Warbler at RMs
31/3 Swallow feeding close to home
30/3 Wheatear, 2 males & a male Little ringed Plover on territory
|My first Wheateater of 2011|
24/3 Goshawk - viewed from the car park at RMs imediately upon arrival ! ( multiple observers )
23/3 Red Breasted Merganser - flew in to land in front of the hide - a RMs site first, found it prior to that on Brasside too !
Others seen lately in the Sunderland area include:-
Osprey, Lapland Bunting, Whimbrel, Egyptian Goose....
the total number of species seen in the Met Boro being in excess of 150
as the year progresses, i hope to keep a count of how many ive recorded breeding too
We hit on lucky being close to a flock of Waxwings that had been reported on the net at Washington last weekend :-
Nice to report one of our new Dipper boxes already having 3 hungry chicks & we have attracted a new colony of Tree Sparrows into boxes with 10 nests built on one site.
dont blink or you'll miss it...
|Another Dipper incubating, this time in an open topped nest, rather than the regular enclosed dome.|
|3 hungry mouths|