Went up the Brown Knee Valley for a look out with the missus
Delightful through there, plenty of birds & hit on lucky finding a Doe & her fawn out in the open in a hay meadow.
A very good selection of woodland species, some of which we're more likely to find , especially nowadays further West in our upland Oakwoods.
We didnt get through till mid morning, so perhaps could have added to the list had we been through 5 or 6 hours earlier !
Those seen included 3m Redstart, 1Spotted Flycatcher, best being a male Wood Warbler singing just above our heads -stunning bird & one which has declined (plummeted !) in Durham over the last decade.
Treecreepers were all around with 3 family parties of consisting of @20 birds, GSW, Nuthatch, Dipper, 2m Stock Dove, Kingfisher, Garden Warbler, Kestrel, 3m Goldcrest, etc.
Wrens in a tight crotch
Now we realise why . . .
Roe Doe & Fawn
Take it down & put it on the fire ? - pair of Blue Tits feeding young in this battered box - the gaping holes courtesy of Mr Great Spot.