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


Monday, 22 March 2010

On foot from home 22 March


Dipper at work (scoped from range)

Steady walkabout netting 77 species.


Damn !
When we agreed to the release of Beavers into our area, we didnt expect that they'd all come with ASBOs for littering !

Good Mipit passage today, with a single roving feeding flock of 300

Passage wader in the form of a

Dunlin


Some Spring arrivals with 5 singing Chiff & 18 Sand Martin

Smartin in the wind & rain -
they cant be that smart . . . i mean why dont they wait till its nice & warm !

A loose group of @80 Skylark got up into the wind, as i crossed their field in the rain - amazing sight & sound as a good percentage of them errupted into song


A short video clip of pair of Dipper watched building.

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This is their second attempt - footbridge close by fell through for them.

Loads of Reeed Bunts on territory & singing, (1 contact calling in an odd floating display like flight ) but 30 odd still in winter bunting flock.

groups of Redwings singing at 2 spots
watched a pr of GSW interacting then the male working on a fresh nest hole excavation.
Good to see pairs of Grey Wags on territory & a couple of Kingfishers, though Wrens do seem to be down in no's after the winter.
Great tit & Willow Tit in a strange duet - they were within 15m of each other & seemed to be taking turns, never once singing over the top of the other.

Some more of todays birds :-
Water Rail, Little Owl, Nuthatch, Buzzard, Goosander, Dabchick, Tawny Owl, Golden Plover, Siskin, Snipe, Treecreeper, Shoveller, Jay.

OFFH List = 111

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