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

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Craggsys Crags / Great Western Shrike Hike

Way Out West with Gav

a valley in Western Durham

Kestrel with two young, families of wheatear,
 male Peregrine, spotted fly’s, Siskin’s inc singing male,
dabchick with young on elevated locations: including a pair on a waterbody with no emergent waterside vegetation,
all the usual breeding waders,
c40 pr Black headed Gull with many young, tailed young swimming about looking very odd

Last but not least 11 Common Gull including up to 4 breeding pr. (apparently one of Durhams rarest breeding birds)

Meadow Pipits with 5 eggs found by Gav along a dyke back.

Went on a hike looking for Stewies Sunday evening Woodchat Shrike, but the farmer was already busy close to when we got there.
Spent a few hours looking, but another that frustratingly got away.

A Common Gull

what a beautiful bird it is in Summer

Long range digi shot of an incubating bird. ( a first for the both of us )

One of the few times when common is rare.

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