Birding round Durham & Sunderland 2012

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

Friday, 6 April 2012

keeping out of the weather / Easter eggs

Remember reading that pigeons & doves had tiny brains....
in light of the recent weather, this Collared Dove has certainly used his ( or hers )
nesting underneath the petrol station canopy.

Recent weekend family trips up the moors (in the sun )

 have produced Kite, Goshawk, Adder, Ring Ouzel, ringtail Harrier, Black Grouse, Crossbill, with a highlight of watching a juv Rough-legged Buzzard hunting.

Local nests with eggs including
Grey Wagtail


& a few Dipper boxes occupied

 and a couple of common species with young :-
Wood Pigeon at work
Blackie chicks in the town park - found by Jack ( 7 y/o in a fortnight - tempus fugit )

& a 30 min session at Shibdon to regain my sanity following the Bi-annual visit to the Metro-Centre, produced this fine pair in front of the hide.

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