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

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Fri 16th July - Way Out West

Fri 16th July

Spent a 6 hour evening session in & around the Derwent watershed

Highlights include Teal, Wigeon & Goosander all with young

2 roadside Roe Bucks, but no sign of any Foxes- a different picture to the unkeepered land at home.

Lots of waders Golden, Green, Ringed & Little ringed Plovers, 2Woodcock feeding in rushy pasture, Common Sand, Oik & Curlew with young.

Barn Owl with fledged young, single Short-eared hunting out over the fell , Little with 2 young on a dry stone wall, Tawnies with young at several spots but no luck seeing any Leo's.

Post breeding flocks of several species prominant, taking advantage of easy picking on the cleared hay fields - including decent flock of 37 Mistle Thrush & several fields full of BH & Common Gulls, although no juvs for the latter.

Family group of 4 Jay over the road, also small no's of Siskin & Redpoll, single Tree Pipit & Green Woodpecker.

Looks like a good season for Grouse, several well advanced family groups at the roadside, loads of Swallows & Meadow Pipits too. Stock Doves far more prominant up this way.

No sign of Cuckoo nor Stonechat at a couple of locations were ive previously noted them.

Best of all was the peace & quiet, hardly saw a sole.

1 comment:

Stevie Evans ( owler ) said...

There was an aberrant Lapwing near Hunstanworth on a cleared Hay field - i wonder if this is the bird someones got excited about ?