Birding round Durham & Sunderland 2012

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

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Roe Buck, Gropper et al

 A nice Roe Buck - watched him 20 mins mooching about & feeding on the lush fresh grasses & bramble leaves.
 The wind shifted & he could scent me - but I remained concealed....

Eventually he started to move off.
I slowly followed him, but cracked a twig - Unseen he made off barking & stomping his hooves on the parched ground.
 Beautiful colours on the new Larch growth

This is the "reeling" song of the Grasshopper Warbler
Cheeky thing came into the same bush as me - but only game me glimpses this time.

The next 3 pics show a nice Robins nest on a leaf strewn bankside

A surprise was an early fledged family of Grey Wagtails
 Grey Wag fledgling

The rest of the day was pants.... (bloody perverts in the Long-eareds Wood)

3 pair of Lesser Redpoll on territory, masses of Linnets, Wilwobs & Chiffies. Main arrival of warblers still to come, yet all local species are now in. (Garden Warbler last to complete the set).

Carpet of Bluebells

Fresh fruiting bodies & boot-laces of Honey Fungus

 Water Shrew - cached prey item in Tawny Owl nest box

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