Birding round Durham & Sunderland 2012

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

Thursday, 29 December 2011


cant work out why...
but didnt see much today....

Our favourite walk - down Hawthorn Dene

20+ Marsh Tit, half dozen each of Nuthatch & Treecreeper

Lots of fresh Badger tracks in the soft mud

Beach actually starting to resemble a beach !
Oddest thing was the stream - running steadily up the top end - but vanished somewhere half way down & bone dry by the railway bridge.... wheres the water gone ?

MDrake Goosander out on the sand bank fighting for White-sliced with the Gulls 10' away.
Header image: Yellow legged Gull, Houghton-le-Spring. S.Evans
Birds & wildlife in & around Sunderland & Durham City
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NB: _ All my Photographs in this Blog are from a mobile phone camera. Close ups are achieved by holding the phone to a telescope lens.

All pictures are copyright of the photographers.

ints from yesterday wander
 A right old selection of prints, with Roe Deer, Rabbit, Stoat, Fox & Pheasant
Fox & Pheasant

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