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


Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Hawthorn

Sunday aftnoon wander with the apprentice



Poor weather meant it was pleasantly quiet, only 1 car parked - in fact so quiet we had a Woodcock come up from the side of the main path.

Lots of birds, 3 family parties of Marsh Tit were a delight to watch.
Nuthatch, GSW & Treecreeper all with young.

adult Green Woodpecker at The Meadow, where Jack continued his count of slugs & snails & "spittle bugs"

As we kneeled to take a closer look we realised the meadow was alive with tiny young Grasshoppers & tried to catch 1 or 2.

Jack managed easily,


one on his small hand

just before it jumped up his nostril !

We bumped into Den.B's pin up:-

the "bird-lady" of The Dene
&
met a guy i hadnt seen for 20 year

Shame to see the scum have been camping in the meadow again, large scorched area & litter & brocken glass.

Other bits included Peregrine south offshore, Lesser Whitethroat carrying food, a couple of soggy Kestrels, Bullfinch & Stock Dove singing.

Decieded to go back again on a nicer day & have a picnic with a few of the wild strawberries.


almost a bird, ear of wheat
picked this & pondered how this turns into his breakfast

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