Birding round Durham & Sunderland 2012

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

Thursday, 25 August 2011

more migs

another look to the coast, albeit for a shorter spell, but another great visit.

a fair selection with a couple of additions to Tuesdays list :-

3 redheads north over the clifftops
Goldeneye 5
Eider 1
Common Scoter pr ots
Little Gull a group of 74 ots off The Hive, a decent flock, but nowhere near the numbers a few decades ago.
Mediterranean Gull juvenile still present ots Blast Beach
Gannets half a dozen plunge diving not far out
Red Throated Diver 1 ad sum plum drifted north from Hive past Chourdon Point
Whimbrel 10W plus other heard later

Curlew 2 on the beach !
Heron 1N
Spotted Flycatcher 1
Garden Warbler 2
Barred Warbler 1 - brief but conclusive views nr footbridge over railway, only the fourth ive found.
Lesser Whitethroat - watched feeding & also singing briefly
Grey Wagtail 1
Yellow Wagtail 1
Yellowhammer carrying food items

Peregrine male on the cliffs, buzzed by a juv female

Green Woodpecker only 1 today
Little Owl 2
Meadow Pipit 15
Tree Sparrow 22+ inc sev juvs
Swallow small nos south, lots of local birds still busy tending nests.

After tea took the bairn to Chester Park for a couple of hours, between football & the play-park we managed Dipper, 5Grey Wag, 4Goosander, 24Mute Swan (building back up), 3 recent broods of Mallard ducklings & a flyby Kingfisher.

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