Birding round Durham & Sunderland 2012

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

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Pop goes the.....

A walk round Rainton yielded a few goodies

A nice clean, bright adult was a very nice surprise From The Freezer this morning
flight shot by DCJ

 - an annual visitor on the inland patch, more regularly at Hetton and Herrington, but not seen on the Rainton reserve every year.

I had the pleasure of an adult female Gos cruising north through the reserve complex, a expeditious phone shout to the Gin Trap Ninja, ensuring it was caught on film before it gained height and made off.
My shot of DCJ camera screen:-
and DCJ's image :-

I spied one last March from the reserve car park - then, the ringers had the luxury of viewing it from their table.

A pair hunted in tandem, the first time i can recall seeing this, and certainly the first time ive captured these mercurial little creatures with the i-camera.
Realy pleased with these Weasel images, unedited straight off phone.
Made up for the one which ran rings round me at Hawthorn recently.

Other recent snaps
only saw a bit of boxing, too far off for pics

Local Dippers continue to consolodate their position - amazing change of fortunes in areas which had no birds 15 years ago.

Other recent sightings :-

at dusk from a moorland edge location i had roding Woodcock and at the same time my first drumming Snipe of the season - the latter watched running about chasing & fanning tails while giving the loud "tick-tocking" call from the ground.
Moments later a Hare ran up to the gateway where i stood, a Tawny called and eventually a Barn Owl came hunting up the hill.

a quick stop in passing, produced a raft of 30 Scoter close in shore, comprising females and males just coming into adult plumage, with them a female Velvet Scoter.

i watched female Great Spotted Woodpeckers chasing one another from drumming posts - the males taking it easy and where nowhere to be seen.

an interesting one in the town park concerned Long-tailed tits.
We saw them starting to build deep in a Pyracantha bush, with the bottom "saucer" of the complete and safe from small boys fingers or Magpies bills... This week however we find them re-located into a garden Privet close by, but every piece of the initial nest has gone - nice to see birds recycling their building materials too ! 


  1. Another excellent post, Stevie. Really interesting, especially the observation about the long-tailed tits. You're right to be proud of those weasel pics. Amazing to think they were taken with a phone. It's easy nowadays to take technology for granted, but when you actually stop and think about it, it's quite astonishing.


    1. thanks Malcolm, it was a great day to post about ! - plenty of visits down there were theres very little to write home about....
      cant wait for my iPhone upgrade