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  1. Mark Newsome

    Durham Birding

    Biodiversity events are being held at Elba Park (between Chester-le-Street and Houghton) on the Wednesdays of 5th, 12th and 19th August, and the organisers are hoping to get a few people involved in conservation and habitat creation. Please see the attached for more details of who to contact and...
  2. Mark Newsome

    Durham Birding

    The Hooded Crows we get are likely to be Scandinavian birds, rather than Scottish. There has been a general decline in them as a winter visitor throughout northern/eastern England, so definintely a good bird these days. Mandarins breed in small numbers in Durham (as they do in Northumberland...
  3. Mark Newsome

    Durham Birding

    Nice one Michael. Last year was the first year possibly in living memory that Hooded Crow was not recorded in County Durham. A very rare bird these days. Mark
  4. Mark Newsome

    Durham Birding

    Times change... As Renton mentioned, news of the Isabelline Wheatear was on Twitter (free bird news service) within minutes of its confirmation. There have been regular updates every day on both the Teesmouth Bird Club and Durham Bird Club sightings pages (again, open access to all), on the Rare...
  5. Mark Newsome

    Durham Birding

    Must say Derek, stunning shots. Some of best I've seen of our local kites. Well done. Mark
  6. Mark Newsome

    Durham Birding

    Wow! Fantastic shots Renton. Glad it performed for everyone today. Mark
  7. Mark Newsome

    Durham Birding

    Red-tailed Hawk is an North American raptor, and there are no accepted records of wild birds for this side of the Atlantic. It is an escapee, but may well have travelled some way from its 'owner'. I wish they'd be a bit more careful... Mark
  8. Mark Newsome

    Durham Birding

    I think the Dippers you'll have seen in Austria will be aquaticus (which still have chestnut on the upper portion of the dark belly). Dippers are an interesting and complex subject. The well-seen bird at Thetford in the winter of 2012/13 was much discussed and apparently had some visible...
  9. Mark Newsome

    Durham Birding

    I think the simple explanation is that there are still 3 Whoopers and a Bewicks at Sadberge, and 3 Whoopers and a Bewicks migrated past Whitburn! The swans passing Whitburn appeared to be full adults (so not the Sadberge birds), and quite probably went out over the North Sea; they were...
  10. Mark Newsome

    Durham Birding

    Hi Adam, Houghton Gate pool is at NZ301511. Viewed from Forge Lane, off the junction of the A1052 and A183 next to Lambton Estate, between the A1 and Bournmoor. You can view the main pool from the roadside, but the geese have been getting on rough pasture to the west side of Forge Lane, best...
  11. Mark Newsome

    Durham Birding

    Brasside was a DWT reserve (don't think it currently is though) and visiting details are shown on:www.durhamwt.co.uk/pdfs/.../BRASSIDE%20CARD.pdf As far as I know, you still just park up at the end of the lane and follow the footpaths around the pond. Although the helpcard says about prior...
  12. Mark Newsome

    Durham Birding

    Great shots Mark. The shrike definitely looks like a different bird; quite different amounts of feather edging on the head and neck. Plenty of miogrants still trickling through so no reason why not. Two Greenish in the Coastal Park today, showing well at times on the 'Big Mound'. The Arctic...
  13. Mark Newsome

    Durham Birding

    Nice photos Ian. The dark Arctic Skua is a dark morph adult, not a juvenile. You can see the tail projection and a juv would also show a more contrasting head and barred underwing. I've not seen any juv. skuas yet, in fact not many skuas at all recently. Mark
  14. Mark Newsome

    Durham Birding

    Hi Mark, What times were you watching? Whitburn data is included on the Trektellen website to add to the overall migration picture for Western Europe http://www.trektellen.nl/default.asp?site=0&taal=2&land=5, so it'd be nice to include your observations as well. Mark
  15. Mark Newsome

    Durham Birding

    Durham Bird Club AGM Durham Bird Club's AGM is taking place this coming Friday - 19/04/2013 - at 7:30 pm. The venue is Durham Wildlife Trust headquarters at Rainton Meadows. We would be delighted if you could attend and show some support for your Club. As an extra incentive, we also have...
  16. Mark Newsome

    Durham Birding

    The best counts submitted to DBC last year were 7 at Hawthorn Dene and 11 at Castle Eden Dene (both in January 2012), and up to 4 were reported at Hawthorn in January of this year. But not many birders send sightings in from these two sites, so the few reports probably under-estimate how...
  17. Mark Newsome

    Durham Birding

    Bee-eater last seen at Seaburn (not Seaham) on Monday. Looked for on Tuesday but no sign. Mark
  18. Mark Newsome

    Durham Birding

    I've not heard anything and spoke to a local Whitburn birder who'd been around the Coastal Park this afternoon, and he never mentioned anything. Maybe another false rumour/hoax? Mark
  19. Mark Newsome

    Durham Birding

    Barnard Castle is very much on the edge of the uplands, so there are a few nice moorland areas close by. There is a good circuit through Lunedale and Baldersdale which gives you the chance of Ravens, raptors (decent chance of Hen Harrier) and Black Grouse, plus a limited number of wildfowl on...
  20. Mark Newsome

    Durham Birding

    I'd actually say it was a first summer Common Tern. The black carpal bar looks very pronounced and the bill/legs look much the same shape/length as the accompanying Common Tern. Attached is a photo of a first summer Arctic from the Farnes, showing the very faint carpal bar and white trailing...
  21. Mark Newsome

    Durham Birding

    The question was raised on the ID forum, responses here: http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=225758 Compare the shape and structure in Dave's photo:http://www.birdforum.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=374360&d=1331842196 with this one attached from Hamsterley a couple of weeks ago...
  22. Mark Newsome

    Durham Birding

    Covers most of the Houghton/Hetton regulars...! At least 3 Scandinavian Rock Pipits at Whitburn Steel today too. I also saw this interesting patterned adult Lesser Black-backed Gull at Shibdon Pond today. The pattern isn't due to moult, so will likely stay the same through spring/summer...
  23. Mark Newsome

    Durham Birding

    Hi Dave, Scandinavian Rock Pipit for me. This is usually the peak time for them moving through the area (or at least being detected more, as they start to acquire summer plumage). Whitburn Steel is normally a good area to see a few and get close views. There's a useful article on the NTBC...
  24. Mark Newsome

    Durham Birding

    It's origins are rather confusing Steve. When originally reported, the reply was that it was ringed on the River Ouse at Cawood, N Yorks (SE574379) on 26 Sept 2010. Trouble is, it was first seen at Chester-le-Street on 25 Sept 2010 (and maybe was also the bird on Marine Park Lake six days...
  25. Mark Newsome

    Durham Birding

    The best place to park is in the yacht club car park at Roker (free). Map here: http://www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=440850&Y=558450&A=Y&Z=115 You can sometimes even see Iceland Gull before you get out the car, as they patrol the beach infront of here. The best place to watch from is along the...
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