Birding round Durham & Sunderland 2012

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

Saturday, 18 March 2017

White-fronted Goose

This is perhaps the best winter we've had in the County for White-fronts

On the patch most moved on in January, but 1 has lingered at H'ton Gate area.


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he tilts his head on the side to have a look up at 3 Buzzards overhead

A drake Gadwall looked a bit out of place here - no emergent vegetation whatsoever - its looking like only the second record.

Bumped into DavidG, & swapped a few bits of info - What you get off a man in the field  bares no resemblance to what he types on the internet.
Having said that, I don't meet many birders when i'm ut as I keep off the beaten track - but the ones I do, don't have much affinity with nor praise for the County Bird Club - which is a crying shame.

Over a Seaton this morning, the only signs of Spring were a White Wagtail & 2 Sand Martins which went through north.
Pairs of Skylarks were prominent, with 18 pr Lapwing - many nest scraping now, a dozen Snipe & I watched a decent flock of 40 Yellowhammer feeding, drinking & bathing.

An easy mornings "drive-by birding session" for a change.

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