Birding round Durham & Sunderland 2012

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

Friday, 16 March 2012

Wait 'ere. We are Chatting

After 3 Goodies yesterday, the chances of anything remotely interesting today were slim...
But i was drawn like the moth to the lamp to try to find singing Chiffchaff  - no luck there, but not to worry, theyre not a real spring migrant anyway....

But Wait Here whats this.............
Wheatear !








The honour of the first local Wheatear going to GS, with another close by.
Superb little birds and we have to opportunity to catch up with them in passing for weeks yet, right into May.

Our reporter Way out West tells of a fair few out that way along with a pair of Ring Ousel this morning.




Stonechat
After the passage Stchyenchat at home i was reminded to have a look at a regular spot on the coast, which holds resident birds.

The cock singing on arrival, initially no sign of the hen.

A second male bird was quickly seen off and the female came out to investigate.


Heres the pair in a bramble patch used for nesting last year, were they were just starting over again.


Others:-
last evening, coming back from the wilds of Tanfield, stopped off for the last of the light at The Olde Bridge, Dipper pair flew over head ( 40' above river ) chasing off an intruder, also Grey Wagtail, Heron, Cormorant and a distance downstream view of the Otters head and tail. The Dipper was still singing and bathing/preeening as the light was going and one last scan with the scope produced a Green Sand roosting on rocks in the middle of the river.

Other Spring visitors on the patch include Shoveller and Chiffchaff

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