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

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Disappearing Ducks

nice of someone to leave a light on

Managed a couple of hours yesterday evening
A bit too much wind, but a big bright moon cast strong shadows as she got up

Loads on the main pool as last of light faded

Site record of 12 Goosander (loada flood water in the rivers) with much chasing & display

Also plenty others on with 3Goldeneye, prGadwall, prWigeon, 1GCGrebe, 11Snipe, 4Oystercatcher, 6Curlew, 1LRPlover, prRedshank mating.

Pleased with the plover having had another negative visit to The Gate yestday !

Record shot of Sawbill record

Called back mid morning to find the place just about devoid of waterfowl

The Black Dog no-doubt the culprit .
It was running wild as i was leaving at 20:00 last night

From the car park watched the TOs getting buffeted about in their box
Hope it holds out - loose timber hanging off the back ! The eldest youngster eyeing up the gulls going by -
my moneys on him falling out & being "rescued" into someones kitchen/shed etc

Last night the male TO was using the spare poles to hunt from - ignoring the Magpies protests at dusk.
bit Bigger

On way home called in to check up.
Very pleasing to report The Flushers seem to have eventually got the message -

the birds now being allowed to settle in a new spot.
He was well tucked in, but she was dozing in the sun out of the wind

Should be on eggs this time next week
click to make it a bit Fatter

Superb selection of owl images on DCJ site (see links --> )
Have a look at the recent uploads.



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