Birding round Durham & Sunderland 2012

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

Sunday, 18 March 2012

ZoomiN-ice Gull

Despite a record winter, it was beginning to look like Iceland gull was gonna slip through the Rainton net.

Thankfully a 90 min trip to look for Chiffy, paid dividends with a Chiffchaff found at the same time as a young Iceland Gull !

Heres a couple of pics:-

digi-scoped through x30 Nikon scope

zoom 1

zoom 2

crop 1

crop 2


the 5 thrushes singing this morning - Redwings & fieldfares in a noisy mixed chorus
sadly one of the Missile Thrush being clipped by a car during an altercation with a Magpie

several species well underway with nest building:-
Long-tailed Tit a typical early builder

but Bullfinches adding the nest lining are early

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