Birding round Durham & Sunderland 2012

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

Friday, 14 October 2011

Red Flanks Blue Tail, Woodcock et al

a rare twitch for me today, and as i was over in Sunderland anyway, it would have been rude not to go & see the Red Flanked Bluetail at Souter Bird Observatory, Whitburn.
Great shot from Steve.H - he must have a good lens to get a close-up shot like that ;-)

Nice to catch up with familiar & not so familiar faces & great craic with the lads ringing & processing the birds, many thanks to them for their hard work & determined efforts.

We watched one net shudder, it held a Woodcock, i ran up to get the guys & they ran back down to get  the bird, the third one  ringed there.
Only just started to see the odd 1 locally over the last week or so.
  superb camouflage, but not very effective in this scenario....

Birds going over included Bramblings, Sparrowhawks, Crossbill, Siskin, Fieldfare, Redwing & stack of Blackbirds.

Also in the net were 3 Yellow browed Warblers :-

Bluetail twitch.....

& at least 6 Short-eared Owls "in-off"..... hopefully i can see one close to home before too long.
A nice day out & a refreshing change birding north of the Wear.


  1. The other day I was in Sunderland park when I heard 2 possibly 4 little birds ' squeaking' in a Yew tree . At first I thought that they were maybe Fire/Goldcrests but they had a very prominent yellow stripe across the eye. Do you think they could have been Yellow Browed Warblers? I've never seen them here before and haven't seen them since.

  2. I would have thought there was a good chance they were YBW's - there seems to be a decent number of them right down the Eastern side of the country.

  3. Thank you, I'll keep an eye out for them .