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


Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Load of Bull

A man and his wife went to the Perth Royal show and one of the first exhibits was the breeding bulls.


They went up to the first pen and there was a sign attached that said,

' THIS BULL MATED 50 TIMES LAST YEAR '






The wife playfully nudged him in the ribs .....smiled and said, 'He mated 50 times last year, that's almost once a week.'
They walked to the second pen which had a sign attached that said,

''THIS BULL MATED 150 TIMES LAST YEAR'




Wife gave a hefty jab and said, 'WOW~~That's nearly three times a week! ..........You could learn a lot from him.'


The third pen had a sign attached that said, in capital letters,

'THIS BULL MATED 365 TIMES LAST YEAR'




The wife was so excited that her elbow nearly broke her husband’s ribs, and said,
'That's once a day ..You could REALLY learn something from this one !.'



He looked at her, smiled and said, 'Go over and ask if it was with the same old cow.'



His condition has been upgraded from critical to stable and he should eventually make a full recovery.

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Couple of quick checks in the last hour light after work producing hunting Barn & Little Owl yesterday in a line of Poplars were i havnt noticed him before.
Keeping tabs on a couple of small  Long-eared roosts - although the trampled rough grass tells an all too familiar tale - i hope they are still intact when we lead our guided walks for the Wildlife Trust . . .

As the light fades, breeze drops, air cools & ground hardens.....
A brief period with heightened senses - the familiar sights & sounds of a winters eveing come into play
Squealing Rail, Snipe out overheard, distant Tawny & Little announce the end of the day, a couple of Woodcock follow one another into the dyke back, as a Long-eared silently floats out to hunt as the night takes over.


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meanwhile on the patch what appears to be our first overwintering Little Egret......
Herons Egret - no it isnt a white plastic bag.


Worked the weekend, a glorious Monday morning, perfect conditions resulting in a 15 miler round the patch. A real mixed bag, with 82 species noted.

Little Egret, Heron, Dipper, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Kingfisher, Snipe, Curlew, Redshank, Woodcock, Lapwing, Golden Plover, Water Rail(h), Moorhen, Coot, Mallard, Gadwall, Wigeon, Teal, Mandarin(f), Goosander, Tufted Duck, Scaup, Whooper Swan, Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Pink footed Goose, Cormorant, Dabchick, Med Gull, BHGull, CGull, HGull, GBBGull, Willow Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, LTTit, Nuthatch, GSW, Treecreeper, Goldcrest, Chiffchaff,  Siskin, Redpoll, Buzzard, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Little Owl, Tawny Owl(h), Long-eared Owl, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Linnet, Chaffinch, Goldfinch Greenfinch, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting, Yellowhammer, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Redwing, Mistle Thrush, Waxwing, Tree Sparrow, House Sparrow, Starling, Crow, Jackdaw, Rook, Magpie, Jay, Pheasant, Grey Partridge, Wood Pigeon, Feral Pigeon, Collared Dove, Stock Dove.



More from the realms of iPhone-digiscoping land . . . . . . . . .

 Scaup starting to colour up a bit

 1 of 7 loafing at Chester-le-Street

 Quite happy with this pic - he was constantly on the move & harrassed by the gulls




1 comment:

Tim Sexton said...

Now that's funny :)