Birding round Durham & Sunderland 2012

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

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Passing Time

Just over half way through the month & an absolute plethora of birds moving through the local patch

Waders passing through include :- Golden Plover, Whimbrel, Spotted Redshank 3 on 9th, 1 14th, Greenshank, Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Common Snipe

Ruff(above) , Bar tailed Godwit (coast),  Dunlin, but only a single Common Sand, although 4 Little ringed Plover remain till 17th at least.  The Little Egrets tailed of, with a single during the first week

Reed Warblers pasing through & singing away from Phragmites at non-breeding sites ,  passage Willow Warbler singing at home in suburban gardens, Cuckoos moving on 3rd & 16th,  Hobby 2nd, 3rd, & 13th,  Marsh Harriers 1st, 11th, 15th, with Goshawk early in moth
GC - who else....?

 Redstart pr 16th, singles at 2 other sites on 17th,

 Whinchat 13th , Tree Pipit 12th , up to 7 Yellow Wagtails at 3 sites- a very good year for these locally, several Wheatears, Crossbills & Meadow Pipits passing over

Red Necked Grebe - a summer plumaged adult from 14th  (only third patch record, the last in the mid 90's )

 5 Quail still singing up to 16th at 3 sites, singles of Lesser Whitethroat, Grasshopper & Garden Warblers all seen in central study areas on 12th

Black Tern 9th, with Common Terns fading away;
Gulls including several Med Gulls including a RMs juv 13th,
juv Med in flight
Juv Med in flight
juv Common Gull
Little Gull at Hendon on the same date, not forgetting the Bonapartes

Wildfowl, Teal re-appearing with up to 20 at RMs, also 1-2 passage Shoveller & Gadwall from mid month

Barn Owls making a modest appearance at 3 spots with still dependant Long-eared families at 3 sites.


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