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

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Roadside Waders et al

This small pool at Stoneybeck regularly appears & disappears
Some years its there - others its not
No doubt this is due to the situation underground, old mine workings etc affecting the water table

This is the "road-side pool" on the RHS as you approach Bishop Middleham from the Sedgefield / Coxhoe road.
This land here is managed sensitively for wildlife as well as farm produce.
There are several recent instances of people walking round the lake, despite there being no rights of way / nor access round it.

Thankfully there was no sign of any disturbance today, with a nice selection of waders boulstered by yesterday evenings downpours.

###   short wader clip   ###

3 Greenshank, 1 Black tailed Godwit, 4 Green Sandpiper, 12 Snipe, 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Ruff

4j Yellowagtail, 1Gsw, 5Dabchick, 200Greylag, 1C.Buzzard, Corn Bunting singing, 1 ad & 1j Little Owl, 2j Bullfinch, Shoveller, Pochard, 8 Teal, f Sparrowhawk, 20+Tree Sparrow, 3 Hares etc etc


Moved onto Castle Lake, which was as entertaining as ever, especially as Gavsterley was through.

A fair selection here included:-
 3Dunlin, 2-3Greenshank, 6-7Green Sand, 20+Snipe, 1Ringed Plover, 5-6LrPlover

Green Sand behind Greenshank

Green Sand & Greenshank Clip

3Buzzard, juv Common Gull, Corn Bunting singing, 12Tree Sparrow, 150+Linnet etc

Best of all though was the new Security guard . . .

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