Birding round Durham & Sunderland 2012

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

Sunday, 1 January 2012

NYD: 22 mile Wander in the rain

A very wet 1st January -
as is traditional I was out in it like a fat greedy hog for a full session...
Some years ago it would have been a session on the Brown Ale...

Thankfully nowadays its a real sesh - out in the field from pre-dawn to post dusk
Well over 11 hours, covering at least 22 mile on foot & noting a respectable 72 bird species.
( non coastal locations )

Highlights including juv Hen Harrier at Littletown, 2Jack Snipe, flock of 150 Tree Spugs, 3Water Rail, 10+ Corn Bunting, Woodcock, 12+ Short-eared Owl, 6Long-eared Owl, Little & Tawny.

& what could be a more fitting place to end such a wet day than RAINton !

( will add sum pics later - this is uploaded off a phone )

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