In Dusk We Trust - Some Owling in Co.Durham, North East England, Great Britain
Leucistic Little Owl image copyright Hilary Chambers, Durham.

Monday, 25 January 2010

25 Jan 2010 - Sun'l'nd, Wanderland BNG & KNOT

25th Jan 2010
A purple patch for the south west Sunderland area at the moment.

Did a good old ramble today, @16km, taking in Pensha country park & across to Silky Lakes - some good birding in parts with the added bonus of twitching 2 quality patch birds in one day.

Knot - not shot yet . . .

Redpoll flock containg a Mealy Redpoll, 2 Jay & a Woodcock nr the Coll'y Officials House

A cracking (confidential mind you) Black necked Grebe enjoyed by many visitors today.

Pic by The Finch. (i had to turn down his (& Davy's) offer of a lifts down, in order to retain the integrity of my on foot from home list.
Several folk commenting that its their best views ever. It certainly was for me - at one point it came so close to the bank i coudnt see it.
But what an unlikely location CLICK (as the pic shows)

Keep it to yourself - you never know them morons with a taste for killing the rare might come through from Murton !

Cracking long-winged owl habo in the Doxy / Silky areas

Good bet for breeding Leo round here . . .

Twards the end of the day found a quiet gulley containing Little Owl, Willow tit & a fair total of 10 Woodcock from a couple of clumps of whinnies.

Finished off with 2+1h Littles & a Barnie at his roost hole in the half light

A new species today was a :-

. . .purebreed Pepper Terrier (never heard of it)