Birding round Durham & Sunderland 2012

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

Friday, 23 December 2011

Santas already been

2 Red throated Divers on the Wear - watched at close range & heard calling to one another 

a Sack load of birds around the local area over the last week or so :-

Topping the list were Lesser Spotted Woodpecker & Yellow legged Gull with an excellent supporting cast including Whooper Swan, Jack Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Hen Harrier, Barn Owl, Mandarin, Water Rail, Merlin, Mediterranean Gull, Crossbill, Mealy Redpoll, Corn Bunting

Barn Owl taking some finding, Woodcocks in limited numbers as yet, a very good year for both eared Owls, Bramblings invisible, wild geese seem to have moved out, Long tailed, Willow Tit & Bullfinch in excellent numbers. Most notable are Tree Sparrow - these seem to be aiming for world domination with 3 or 4 three figure flocks.   

Med Gull

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