Birding round Durham & Sunderland 2012

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

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Sounds like..... The Muppet Show Again !

Several species starting to tune up now, with the last 2 days seeing these additions :-

15th Yellowhammer, Linnet
16th Goldcrest & Reed Bunting

this last week has seen a steady increase in numbers of male Skylarks & Chaffinches tuning up.

Other males ive heard so far in 2012 include :-
Dipper, Stock Dove, Yaffle, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, Long-eared Owl from New Year, Tawny Owl, Little Owl, Short-eared Owl, Barn Owl, Woodcock roding last few days January, GSW drumming mid Jan, Robin, Wren, Dunnock, Grey Partridges paired up, calling & chasing, Red-legged Partridges at dusk from New Year, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit with Kestrel, Buzzard & Peregrine all very vocal whilst airborne with their respective mates.

Willow Tit, Corn Bunting, Skylark & Nuthatch were all proclaiming territory very early this year


Elsewhere a Valentines walk by Chester Sewage Works was very productive, producing a huge dog Otter with a head like a basketball, a pie-bald Stoat, a large Sea Trout kelt at Congburn and a Hare. a dozen Goosander with 7 drakes in a scrum for the bread - Mallards not standing a chance !
One of the female Mandarins remains though wildfowl dropping off again as the local pools de-ice.

Along at Rainton, The Annual Muppet Show continues... this year secateurs being employed to allow better photographic opportunities ! - Come to think of it, calling these 'people' Muppets is actually an insult to the Muppets themselves...... Words fail....

1 comment:

  1. Did y take the missus on the Valentines day walk by the sewage works?.......i hope it was at dusk, much more romantic.
    She would have been impressed with the sightings, i was.