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

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Lapwing revisited

Would have liked an image of the Lapwings alongside the brand new structures & offices etc - perhaps i can later.

In the meantime had a search & found this image
A different perspective.

A Lapwings eye view of Gateshead. (with Tyne bridge bottom, right of centre)

Looking down, its perhaps no longer such a surprise that they're there . . .

On a slightly different vein.
Not too long back, there was a Barn Owl sighting by the side of main road, again the comment was "quite an urban location for the species".

On the ground though, i'd still be less surprised seeing a BO through there - loads of semi-derelict buildings & areas of rough grassland on roadsides & industrial estates and at least one pair of breeding Long-eareds by the banks of the Tyne downstream . . .

Sporadic BO reports right next door at Felling & ive found evidence of them in an area of rough grass close to The G'Head Stadium.

A very sharp eyed owler & myself both live a couple of hundred metres away from what can best be described as "as suburban pair" at home (H'ton)
We hardly ever see them unless making a specific effort . . .
(we are of course on 1st name terms with just about all the owls on the patch ;-/ )

Resident Barn owls in urban Gateshead . . .?
Unlikely, but i Guess we'll never know for sure . . .

Hopefully the Peewits can get a year or two in before their spot is re-developed.


at the other side of Gateshead, 20 odd Whoopers north over Shibdon Pond this morning (SH)


Rid said...

Hi ya Stevie, thanks very much mate, just spent a very enjoyable 30 mins or so reading through your blog.......great reading keep it up.....Especially all the owl encounters!!!

Phil said...

Good reading Steve - keep it up. But don't give too much away.