Birding round Durham & Sunderland 2012

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

Monday, 19 September 2011

In Ducks We Trust

An excitng period with lots of birds on the move aswell as the chance of something out of the ordinary displaced by the storms.

This last week or so has seen the first Pink feet of the autumn going over, steady passage of pipits & finches - a Tree Pipit & Spotted Flycatcher were at Rainton where the Redpoll / Siskin flock is already up to 200 birds.

A calm warm day mid-week saw plenty of butterflys & dragonflies on the wing, with a Sedge Warbler, a couple each of Reed Warbler & Whitethroat & half a dozen Sand Martin.

Sat 17th sees the full compliment of dabbling ducks on the patch, something we only see a few times a year, with an inlux of Coot & Tufted too.

Waders have been passing on a daily basis with Curlew Sandpiper(CW), Dunlin, Golden PloverSpotted Redshank(DJ),
Little Stint (JW),

Green Sandpiper



Ruff (x6 JB)

all on the move, but Snipe are yet to build up , only half a dozen or so.

A couple of Pectoral Sandpipers at WashingtonWWT appear to have metamorphed into Curlew Sands.... then only to have been mis-identified & downgraded to Dunlins......

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