Birding round Durham & Sunderland 2012

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

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Goose tick

2 small groups of Corn Bunting totalling 18 birds, seen within half a mile of each other.

The 'new' group of half a dozen, feeding on a small sacrificial crop, seemingly Barley, undersown with Clover. Interestingly, this plot less than half a mile from the 'Sunderland boundary'.

A Friday afternoon kick-a-bout as the light was starting to go, saw 4 grey geese low overhead. Their constant Calling was unfamiliar & a listen on the net suggested White-fronted...

The Heron texted with news of a White-fronted south over nearby Lambton the same day, plus perhaps the same 4 south over there Saturday morning.
WFronts on Castle Lake, Boldon Flats & 2 Beans over Elba Park offer encouragement that some of these fly-by geese will touch down on the patch sometime soon....

A family visit to Hardwick was well timed on what turned out to be mild sunny November day.
The lake held an excellent selection of waterfowl with 56+Gadwall, 8Shoveller, 3Goldeneye also Pochard, Teal, Wigeon, with singles of Dabchick & Water Rail.

Pathways busy, but nice selection seen including Goldcrest, Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Kestrel, Siskin,Redpoll etc etc
Merekat Jack

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