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

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

See him

Seaham to Salterfen Rocks

Another recce for "The Duel"
Not sure whether i'll get this far . . .
but did manage 10 species along the coast that i wouldnt get on "the patch proper"

2Turnstone & sev Oystercatchers were the only waders seen - the stone-turners only coming into view after an hour & a half !

Stonechat with 3 fledged young was a welcome sight after the bad winter.

2Yellow Wagtail were the only migrants of note, though there was a light passage of Swallow north.

Warmest day of the year by far, a slight onshore breeze kept the heat haze down, allowing good visibility over a calm sea
Unfortunately not many seabirds :- 1Red Throated Diver sth, 11Cormorant, 8Kittiwake, 10+Fulmar, 5 Sandwich Tern, 1 Arctic Tern, 4 Common Tern, 3 sub ad Common Gull,
1 Rock Pipit & 1 Heron on foreshore, only small nos of the larger gulls 1 GBBGull, 3LBBGull, 40HGull,

4 Sand Martin colonies with 1 being visible from only feet away, at least 90 birds along the coast, with fledged young on the wing, coming past giving close views, shadowing the adults every twist & turn.

2 Grasshopper Warblers, 8m Sedge Warbler, 20m Common Whitethroat, 3Blackcap, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler in a wooded dene.

A minimum of 15m Reed Bunting singing, with 1-2Corn Bunting in a huge Rape field, very many pairs of Skylark & Meadow Pipit along the whole stretch with the majority of the pipits carrying food

Others inc:-
4-5Kestrel, m Sparrowhawk, 50+Linnet, 1 Swift, 4pr + 1 Grey Partridge, 3m Pheasant, 3 Wren, pr Pied Wagtail, 1 Song Thrush, 4 Chaffinch, 12 Goldfinch, 3 Blackbird, 3 Magpie.

Called in at Seaton both before & after where a Greenshank was star bird.

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