Birding round Durham & Sunderland 2012

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

Saturday, 5 January 2013

more on foot

After a cold start, good conditions with another mild calm day with 5 species added.
Out 7 hours, but only covered 7 mile

Several skeins of noisy Pinks over north during the day

Red-legged pair, several overdue Leos with a dead bird also, single Skylark, a female Peregrine appeared right on cue - giving a close up fly-by, what a beaut.
Not so pretty at Biffa & an hour peering down into the pit without scope added LBBG to bring up #81.
Tried for Barnie at 2 spots but no joy,

No Brambling despite spending a good while viewing game crops but the only thing out of the ordinary was a leucistic Reed Bunt, with good numbers of sparrows & buntings

Everything self-found so far, but i have a Waxwing tip-off, with 50 birds 4mile away.... surely i'll get one without having to resort to twitching......?

expired Leo

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