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

Thursday, 11 March 2010

Another Patch Yeartick

At work in the sunny first garden we had a pair of Coal Tit calling constantly as they worked through the ornamental conifers & a Bullfinch pair on site later in the dull & cold a couple of mile north.

Home in good time & the sun broke back through - just as well as we chose to visit a Place that is colder than a cold place.
Some get frost bitten here, though some just get bittern . . .

" whats that funny looking goose like creature in the reeds . . "

If you are an ex-pro wrestler, with an ability to drink 4pints of coffee, spend several full days in sub zero conditions, talk all visitors into submission & have a Scud missile launcher . . . maybe . . .
Just maybe . . .

Heard a few folks mentioning what a quiet time it is birdwise - certainly not the case round here.

A decent selection with lots of Springtime activity.
Passage waders moving through with 20+ each of Snipe & Oystercatcher, close by 50+ each of Curlew & Golden Plover.
Lapwings are prominant at the moment, with a mixture of remaining roving winter flocks, birds currently passing & a growing number of the local birds coming back onto territory (albeit somewhat late). Allways a joy to watch especially when tumbling males sporting their huge wispy crests.

Some waterfowl movement with Coots, Teal & Tufted clearing off. Coming in have been up to 20Pochard, passing pr of Wigeon, 6Gadwall with a steady increase of Dabchick since the weekend & the first 2 local drake Shovellers of the year.

drake Shuvler

A Summer plumaged GCGrebe flew in this afternoon to join the strange goose like reedbed creature which has been seen sporadically, the grebe imediately setting out to harrass a pair of Dabchick, chasing them underwater.

GCG - yeartick for me ( a one day-er at Lyons in Feb )

Last 3 nights, several widely scattered pairs of Long-eared Owls vocal & active at dusk
1 roding & 3 other Woodcocks flying out over open ground to feed.

1 Meadow Pipit(!) on the ground - surely numbers are only days away.
Tawny Owl visible in her box
Little Owl back close to its roost box, easily viewed from a respectful distance when site is quiet.
The Pathside Long-eared Owls have been disturbed YET AGAIN are now VERY skittish - best left in peace for a good while !

Best end on a positive note
nice to see some folks know that Fieldcraft isnt something you spread on your toast on a morning.

Perfect Piece of Peace Perfect Peace

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