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Old Friday 2nd October 2009, 14:37   #11026
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I have had a look on the DBC web site but can see no mention of birding sites.
Hello,
Durham Bird Club is a fantastic club and I would recommend you join.
If you join you can get access to the latest sighting page that gets updated nearly every day! Therefore you will know what is about and where.
Also you can gain access to the Durham Bird Club forum. You also get an annual report each year as well as a quarterly magazine.

There is a site guide on here about birding sites in County Durham: http://www.durhambirdclub.org/dbc.pl...ite-guide.html

There are also other sites not mentioned on the link such as Castle Lake, Whitburn Observatory.
Castle Lake: http://www.durhambirdclub.org/dbc.pl...eLakeOpen.html
Whitburn Obs: http://www.birdwatch.co.uk/website/content/view/106/98/

I hope this helps.
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Just the one hide at present I'm afraid.

If you look under 'Resources' on the DBC web site a few locations are listed but they're only a fraction of the birding sites around the County. TBC has a more extensive site list but of course it only covers the SE part of the recording area. Even then isn't a comprehensive list. The sightings page gives a good idea of what's being seen in the area including RSPB Saltholme.

The forum section of the DBC web site covers local birding in other areas in more detail - but is only accessible if you're a member.

For a better idea of birding areas people visit this thread which is pretty good as In and Around South Tyneside and Gateshead Birding.
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Old Friday 2nd October 2009, 18:40   #11028
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Thumbs up Castle Lake

Excellent selection today despite excavating works for new scrapes on site.

Pectoral Sandpiper, 5Whooper Swan, Spotted Redshank, 2-3Greenshank, Ruff, Dunlin, 50Snipe, Grey Wagtail, Swallow, Redwing, Stock Dove, Kestrel, GCGrebe etc all seen during brief sessions from the hide today.

On shallow flashes to the south, 2Bar tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, 6Black tailed Godwit etc etc.

We have now sold close to 100 Hide Keys - profit from key sales is put directly back into the clubs conservation fund for its various projects around the County.

Keys are available to all who want them
Send cheque payable to Durham Bird Club for £6 to DBC, 4,Leyburn Close, Houghton-le-Spring, DH4 5EF.

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Exclamation Hooded Merganser

(The following feature was spotted by Chris Bell)
There was some interesting photo's taken today by "lapland mull" or Mick or Sylvia Brennan.

If you take a look at these two images on the Teesmouth Bird Club website the bird has an abnormality on it's right leg:
http://www.teesmouthbc.com/forumtbc/...21.msg1839#new
OR here:
http://laplandmull.blogspot.com/

Now last year some of you may well be aware that at Tayport in Fife there was a Hooded Merganser. Now the bird in Fife looks like the same bird that is in Teeside! It you take a look at the image of the bird in Tayport it looks as if it has the same abnormality on the same leg!!!!!!:
http://www.birdguides.com/iris/pictu...off=184290&v=1
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Thanks Andrew, Stevie and Ian, Whats one more Bird club to add to my list my well be meeting you all soon.

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There was some interesting photo's taken today by "lapland mull" or Mick or Sylvia Brennan.

If you take a look at these two images on the Teesmouth Bird Club website the bird has an abnormality on it's right leg:
http://www.teesmouthbc.com/forumtbc/...21.msg1839#new
OR here:
http://laplandmull.blogspot.com/

Now last year some of you may well be aware that at Tayport in Fife there was a Hooded Merganser. Now the bird in Fife looks like the same bird that is in Teeside! It you take a look at the image of the bird in Tayport it looks as if it has the same abnormality on the same leg!!!!!!:
http://www.birdguides.com/iris/pictu...off=184290&v=1
Well spotted Andrew - I'd say pretty concluisve that it is the same bird - which I believe has been accepted as wild by the BBRC.
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Old Saturday 3rd October 2009, 09:45   #11032
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Sorry to bother you chaps again but where exactly is Castle lake. How would i get there by car from north and whats parking access like etc. I have sent for Membership and key today so look forward to going next week sometime.

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Well spotted Andrew - I'd say pretty concluisve that it is the same bird - which I believe has been accepted as wild by the BBRC.
It was actualy Chris Bell who spotted it, Chris talks more about it on Durham Bird Forum if you would like to read about it.
I just thought I would share that on this Bird Forum.

I would agree with you Ian that its pretty conclusive now that it is a wild bird, and yeah the bird in fife last year was accepted by the BBRC as a wild bird. (See how the twitchers run!)

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Sorry to bother you chaps again but where exactly is Castle lake. How would i get there by car from north and whats parking access like etc. I have sent for Membership and key today so look forward to going next week sometime.
No problem at all, Castle Lake can be found in the village of Bishop Middleham. If you take a look at this hyperlink:
http://www.multimap.com/maps/?qs=Bishop+Middleham&countryCode=GB#map=54.67514,-1.49329|20|32&bd=useful_information&loc=GB:54.6756 8:-1.49285:19|NZ327312|
You should see the red circle on Church Street. On the map follow that circle west along the road and you will go past a 3 houses and then you should see a farm track road heading south.

On the map On the farm track road you should see a large tree on the right and some more grass on the left. It looks like there are two roads merging together on the left hand side. You park here. You go through the farmers gate walk straight ahead and you should go through a kissing gate and see Castle Lake.

My directions are not that good I am affraid but Durham Bird Club's website have fantastic directions to here: http://www.durhambirdclub.org/dbc.pl...eLakeOpen.html
It shows the location of the hide, how to get there from the stile, and parking.

Might bump into you some time, hope this helps
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It was actualy Chris Bell who spotted it, Chris talks more about it on Durham Bird Forum if you would like to read about it.
I just thought I would share that on this Bird Forum.

I would agree with you Ian that its pretty conclusive now that it is a wild bird, and yeah the bird in fife last year was accepted by the BBRC as a wild bird. (See how the twitchers run!)

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Well done to Chris as well - I should have checked the forum first - though obviously only DBC members would be able to view it!

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Sorry to bother you chaps again but where exactly is Castle lake. How would i get there by car from north and whats parking access like etc. I have sent for Membership and key today so look forward to going next week sometime.
This link gives all the directions you need - DBC Castle Lake - just scroll in/out on the maps to sort out directions -ther's a few choices of route you could take - though I'd imagine A1(M) junction 60 would be the easiest if you're not familiar with the area. Just follow the A689 to Sedgefield then the A177 taking the Bishop Middleham turn off. An alternative from Junc 60 would be following the signs to Mainsforth and then Bishop Middleham.

Using junc 61 you could follow the signs to A177 Sedgefield then taking the Bishop Middleham turn off.
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Old Saturday 3rd October 2009, 10:57   #11036
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Lol! Looks like Andrew beat me to it!
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Lol! Looks like Andrew beat me to it!
lol Well Davy Tee certianly can't get lost now!
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There was some interesting photo's taken today by "lapland mull" or Mick or Sylvia Brennan.

If you take a look at these two images on the Teesmouth Bird Club website the bird has an abnormality on it's right leg:
http://www.teesmouthbc.com/forumtbc/...21.msg1839#new
OR here:
http://laplandmull.blogspot.com/

Now last year some of you may well be aware that at Tayport in Fife there was a Hooded Merganser. Now the bird in Fife looks like the same bird that is in Teeside! It you take a look at the image of the bird in Tayport it looks as if it has the same abnormality on the same leg!!!!!!:
http://www.birdguides.com/iris/pictu...off=184290&v=1
Thanks for the comment we were aware of the abnormality but it was interesting to hear from you that it is possibly the same bird as in Tayport last year.
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Sorry to bother you chaps again but where exactly is Castle lake. How would i get there by car from north and whats parking access like etc. I have sent for Membership and key today so look forward to going next week sometime.

Good to here you are joining up & giving yet another club your support.

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There will be further works on site next Wednesday - this is in front of hide & will obviously affect viewing to a certain extent . . .

Both John.O & myself are happy to answer any queries - mob no's on DBC website.

Over the autumn volunteers from the clubs Conservation team "The Shovellers" & other community group workers will be making a start on a wildlife garden & feeding station in the area around the hide.

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How else is it possible to purchase a key for Castle Lake. Do you have to become a member ?.

And where abouts is castle lake.
Hi Davy,
Hope you enjoy your visit to Bishop Middleham/Castle Lake, I find its an ideal place to visit on the way to/from the Saltholme/Teesside area, although its also possible to spend the whole day exploring the BM area. Speaking of which don't forget to check the A1 Flashes, which are only a five minute walk South from the hide (over the stile in the corner of the field then follow the stone wall), Pectoral Sandpiper favours the nearest body of water, usually on the right hand (west) side.
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and already being a member of three other birding bodies
Nothing wrong with being a member of four birding bodies
If its your hobby then why not- better than wasting money on drink anyday.
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Thank you all that replied, Im really looking forward to visiting Castle Lake and surrounding area

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Dormans Pool - no sign of the RB Shrike but at 4.00pm very good views of a male Marsh Harrier. Flew in from RSPB Saltholme Bottom Tank, circled Dormans Pool a couple of times but repeatedly mobbed by Herons, Crows and Lapwing before heading off west over to Back Saltholme Causeway and then west over Saltholme Hide towards Haverton Hole.

Bottom Tank - Curlew Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Snipe, Dunlin, Redshank, Teal, Wigeon, Moorhen, Coot, Little Grebe, Mallard and Little Egret. Spotted Crake reported there today as well - likely the 'possible Little Crake' mentioned last week as it was in the same area.
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Obviously still going on -Local man accused of trading rare eggs

RSPB Saltholme yesterday - no sign of the Spotted Crake in the morning at least. In fact not much at all on the Bottom Tank starting off likely due to strimming work right beside the screen! Several birders were more than a little annoyed about that considering it was only the day before it was present late afternoon.

Wildlife Watchpoint a little more productive with Kingfisher flying in just as we arrived. Black-tailed Godwit giving very close views. Also present Greenshank, Little Egret, Snipe and Pied Wagtail in front of the hide. On the feeders/grassy bank - Reed Bunting, Greenfinch, Wren, Goldfinch & Chaffinch plus a female Stonechat. Kestrel and Sparrowhawk also seen.

150+ Pink-footed Goose flying over heading SE.

On leaving around lunchtime a few birds back on the Bottom Tank - Snipe, Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Little Egret, Shoveler, Little Grebe, Teal & Wigeon.

A Sparrowhawk has been back in the garden the last few days. Over an hour it was present this morning.
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Hawthorne dene feeding station.
I replaced the coconut shells and put up a fatball feeder(dunno how long they'll last)and was rewarded with plenty of the usual within seconds.
Chaffinch,nuthatch,great/blue/willow tit,robin,wren and even the gs woodpecker turned up for a visit.
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Cracking bird that one like.
Was still showing really well when I left at 1:55pm
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Nice Local Patch tick

Called in on way back home mid morning.
Crane was in centre of large bare field, viewed from Ouslaw Lane, just north west of Kibblesworth Village at approx NZ235575.

Also Crossbills, Goldfinch, Tree Saprrow & Common Buzzard nearby.

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Castle Eden / Saltholme

Blue skys led to afternoon off work.
First stop Castle Eden St James Churchyard.
Yew Trees afforded super views of several goldcrest & nuthatch. Also noted gr tit, blue tit, robin, wren, dunnock,bullfinch, chaffinch, goldfinch,
(nice to see red admiral, painted lady, speckled wood in the chilly sunshine)

Last stop Saltholme,
At and around wildlife watchpoint.
redshank, yellow wagtail, snipe,teal, mallard, wigeon, shoveller, little egret, black tailed gowit (almost came into the hide!), dunlin, lapwing, curlew sandpiper.

All in all, beats working
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Field trip to Northumberland & Holy Island; this Sunday

Field trip by coach:

Due to a last minute cancellation, we have a couple of places available on this Sunday’s field trip. The trips are open to members of both the Durham Bird Club and Teesmouth Bird Club. None members may attend with a small surcharge.
Please contact me before 21:00hrs (9pm) tonight (Friday) to book. First come, frst served.

The trip is as follows:

Sunday 11 October 2009 - Northumberland Coast
Cost £15 per person

October offers us a second chance at hitting it just right in terms of passage migrants by timing our visit to coincide with a major fall of birds. IF we do - and of course the weather plays a huge part in this - then the Northumberland coast can be a very exciting place to watch birds. In such conditions there may be hundreds or even thousands of Redwings arriving from Scandinavia with smaller numbers of Fieldfares, Chaffinches Bramblings and Siskins. More exotic fare might be provided with Yellow-browed or Barred Warbler joining the commoner Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps - Yellow-browed has been seen with some regularity on past trips. Even if there is no fall of passerine migrants there should still be lots to see with many of the wintering birds present. Light bellied Brent Geese should be present in good numbers with plenty of other wildfowl and waders and small numbers of grebes and divers. Red necked and Slavonian Grebes winter off Lindisfarne and may well be present. The October trip also offers the opportunity to renew those friendships forged on the September outing! The bus will pick up as follows:
Sherburn Bus Depot
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