Within a few 100 yards from home Kingfisher fished from its perch, 2 Swift still close to nest sites, Buzzard over heading SE.
Water Rail calling from the Typha bed- waited a while for spotty crake- No such luck although yet another one The Heron has seen here.
Also Kingfisher , Little Owl , Sparrowhawk with 3 noisy Kamakarze(?) juvs,
Lots of b'flys along the disused rail line
wasnt sure about this 1 till it opened its wings:-
Speckled Wood - they ve come on leaps & bounds last 2-3 year
Formerly a vast pit heap, re-worked as opencast before being put back
Some of it is now The Great North Forrest - more like a great north waste of money....
hundreds of 1,000's more trees than were ever needed & no after care policy !
It'll be interesting how many of these trees die off now that the canopy is closing
Areas of natural regen around the edges are rich in birds & wildlife, theres also the benefit that its formative years have given us some good small mammal populations :-)
On the whole a tragic waste of money & land
Little Owl, 10Snipe, 23Curlew, 1 Green Sand, 50 Lapwing, 3 Oystercatcher, 10 Teal , mGadwall, 2Shoveller, 2j each of Reed & Sedge Warbler, 12+Swift & 450+ mixed Hirundines scattered in area,
another classic iPhone binned image.
prGrey Partridge with 8 young, 8+Willow Tit etc,
year-tick in the shape of a cc Marsh Harrier which drifted SW over Leamside at 14:00, an area where ive seen 1 previously at this time of year - poss same seen earlier from Sedgeletch
North Hetton Fm / Dairy Lane: