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

Monday, 1 February 2010

1 Feb 2010 - Stickin' the Coot In part 2

Some Sun & song today.
A few species feeling the warmth from the strengthening rays & beginning to tune up, whilst the thrushes & commoner tits have ben at it for a while, a big difference today with 6 or 7 different Chaffinch vocal & nice to see 3 different cock Bullfinch singing too.

This is the best time of year to hear the latter.
Their song is a quiet & feeble collection of scratchy warbling notes - they get drowned out over the next month by their noisier neighbours.

We've also had a sprinkling of Shelducks into inland waters & an Oystercatcher at Joes Pond today - sporting his white winter neck band as he laid claim to his nest island in the ice & snow !

# 100 for the OFFH 2010 List

Rooks building at home, as are the odd pair of Maggies.
Next couple i'll be looking out for are returning LBBGulls, Skylarks on territory (havnt come back in any great nos since New Year exodus), & roding Woodcock (usually displaying mid Jan onwards).


Several species feeding on post tops at the kissing gate, where visitors have been leaving seed & hearts; inc Willow Tits & Reed Bunting, 10+Bullfinch & half a dozen Robin - 1 being hand tame.

Eventually managed a Per. Number 101 on the list.
Picked it up well off motoring south & attacking "birds" high above the site.
The Tawny again in the Kestrels box - visibly P'd off.
1,432Herring Gulls on the ice , a few of us looked thro' 1,000s today & not a sausage.

Sat in the Freezer with CW/JW & the one time arch enemy of Shirley Crabtree.
An absolutely horrific episode from a Coot - JB has some shots, ill try to add one later.

Forget Lions, Hyenas & all that lot - this Coot should have had 18 holer Martins on . . .

Pics from John JBEE

the poor coont (the bird, not John)

Poorly Coot


Poorlier Coot


Poor Coont - both its eyes picked out (& eaten) but its still alive !


Tim Sexton said...

So much for 'feathered friends'. Gruesome indeed.

Stevie Evans ( owler ) said...

Difficult to watch, but hard to look away.