Birding round Durham & Sunderland 2012

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

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Flocking in, Flocking Off

Bad feet meant an easy week
Still managed to find a flock or two

A mixed flock on a steep sunny south facing woodland slope, consisted predominantly Great Tits...
at least 58 ! feeding in the Beech leaf litter.

Flock 2 was more like a swarm...
Their antics had me smiling as they buzzed back & forth In & out of their seed filled cereal field
 I had several goes at an accurate count & managed 182 although Im quite sure theres more - I'd guessed 200
So - what were they ?  Linnet ?, Greenfinch ?, Yellowhammer ??.... No !... Tree Spugs !!!

Not to be outdone in number, but nowhere near as entertaining were a late afternoon flock of @1,000 Jackdaws - one in particular showing that it had come from a good way further East.( Nordic/Russisn type) 

Close to home a Pied Wagtail roost Nr Tescos ( what a hideous shit hole ) - that's the shop, not the roost-site, contained at least 150 birds but there could well be double that.

A pair of farmland trees held a marvellous 37 Corn Buntings ! - would be nice if they tried to keep up with their neighbours the Tree Spugs ! but its a great change in fortune for these - it'll be interesting to see how far & wide the territorial males are spaced...

I also have a "flock" of at least 16 Long-eared Owls... This is the most I've counted without disturbing them, so there is most probably 20+ .....
but after reading how even just 1 or 2 birds are being harassed on the RSPB Reserve at Teeside, then the least said about Flushing Meadows the better.....!

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