Birding round Durham & Sunderland 2012

Birdwatching in & around Houghton-le-Spring, Sunderland, County Durham.

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Springing into action

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

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