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

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Gavsterly Forest

Went up Cragg's Wood for a mooch about late on.

Right eyefull of Little, Barn Owl & Curlew with young along the roadside between Crook & W'ham on way up were a good start.

So peaceful & quiet up there, only passed 1 car after leaving W'ham.

displaying Tree Pipit & a fine Roe Buck greeeted my arrival.

2 Woodcock feeding on woodland path at 21:00 allowed close inspection & continued the positive theme.

several roding Woodcock, with a distinctive bird with feather missing on RHS wing - interesting to be able to identify him on his various circuits.

Tawny Owl calling all around, 1 flew past below me only 15' away & perched up at close range.
He flew into cover & began a duet with his mate.

Another Roe Buck seen - 1 barking close to & putting the wind up me (neither of us knew the other was there !), with 2-3 more barking in the distance.

Cuckoo singing in the dark up to 23:00.

No sign of Nightjar - not even a contact call, although the night was cool - only 2 degrees by i got back to the motor.

Theres always summick to see on the way back with the full beam on.
A roadside Long-eared at Hedleyhope was nice, with a Little across between Quebec & L'Park.

Not so nice was the body laid prone across the road at Nettlesworth - if the oncoming Taxi hadnt flashed me, id have probly gone straight over it . . .

Rang it in & took a look, covered him in a big coat & waited till the amblance got through.

Would have got home 20 mins quicker if id had a 4x4 with decent ground clearance - i could'a just kept on going ;-)

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