Birding round Durham & Sunderland 2012

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

Monday, 12 March 2012


Had a spell at Hawthorn

Very difficult to capture images of small moving objects with my "photo-equiptment", but i enjoyed obtaining these - a Weasel came through 3 times, but he was too quick - but the Bank Vole he seemed to be after was quicker off the mark.

Lots of Greys everywhere now, making easy subjects:-
this one has taken over a regular Little Owl cavity:-

a few birds still coming down to feed on the old Elm log:-
Marsh Tit - the coastal denes have very good populations - they are quite thinly distributed in other wooded parts of the county.

Nuthatches are allways entertaining:-
the only English bird which can descend a tree head first
 large hook-like rear toe
 once the Sunflower seed had gone they lost interest..

All the while i could hear Treecreeper singing, but it took me ages to work out where he was....
 "Ground-creeper" singing and feeding amongst a large ammount of fallen deadwood branches and twigs
He fed like this for well over 20 mins !

Others seen included Green Woodpecker, Buzzard, Peregrine, Goldcrest etc and although a regular Leo breeding area, i struggle to pin them down in winter due to large areas of ...... well... its called Hawthorn Dene for a reason !

On Sunday morning we went to Washington, knowing the 7th Avocet had returned from a trip to Cresswell, but were surprised to count 8, all paired up.

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