Birding round Durham & Sunderland 2012

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

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

& then it was winter

heard my first Redwing 2 weeks ago, but had to wait till yestday for a good look at one :-
very kindly spotted, identified & photographed by JohnB

Others from the North over the last week have included small numbers of Whooper Swan, Pink-footed Geese, Jack Snipe, Fieldfare, Brambling, Crossbill & a Common Redpoll

The real highlight being a number of Barnacle Geese (up to 100 birds ) stopping off to graze amongst the feral Greylags & Pie-bald ponies
Wild Barnacle Geese, held up by a spell of NW winds.

Finally a real surprise on a local lake - the first 1 ive seen all year :-

Small numbers of Swallow & House Martin float about & late singles of Sand Martin were noted passing through on Sunday & Monday.

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