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Old Tuesday 24th May 2005, 16:06   #76
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Has anybody mentioned Castle Eden Dene - magical and no many go there
Sadly, Castle Eden Dene is not a well managed area as it was in the late 1800's when it really was a mecca for all naturalists.

Many people have been put of from going there in recent years, because of theft of, and from cars parked near the access points, and slashed tyres. Another danger is when passing under the viaduct from where the yobs drop bricks trying to hit you. If you do go there, take care.

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Old Tuesday 24th May 2005, 17:00   #77
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Cheers Quacker will do.Been birding more in your neck of the woods since found Gateshead birders web site mostly trying for lesser pecker at clara vale which i dipped but heard
You heard it? - well that's enough for a tick in some cases. Depends on the individual, but some people count confirmed hearings - I don't personally, but if I heard a Lesser Spot.....

I still haven't seen one, I can't get my head around the concept of seeing a sparrow-sized woodpecker! - I'd probably miss it if it was in fromt of me lol.

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Old Tuesday 24th May 2005, 19:58   #78
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Houghton Gate
Grey Partridge
Oystercatcher
Redshank
Curlew
Shelduck with young
Greylag Goose
Coot
Lapwing
Pheasant
Mallard
Wood Pigeon

Barmston Pond
Common Tern
Greylag Goose
Little Grebe
Ruddy Duck
Tufted Duck
Mallard
Gadwall
Swift
House Martin
Willow Warbler
Long Tailed Tit
Grey Heron
Mute Swan
Herring Gull
Coot
Moorhen
Magpie

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Old Tuesday 24th May 2005, 21:28   #79
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Sadly, Castle Eden Dene is not a well managed area as it was in the late 1800's when it really was a mecca for all naturalists.

Many people have been put of from going there in recent years, because of theft of, and from cars parked near the access points, and slashed tyres. Another danger is when passing under the viaduct from where the yobs drop bricks trying to hit you. If you do go there, take care.

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If you enter Castle Eden Dene just off the Wingate to Blackhall road (near the castle) I can practically guarantee your car will be safe. Yes, I agree the entrance near the viaduct is a bit dodgy (I take it, you mean the one next to the A19). Also, the entrance on the Blackhall to Horden Coast road is really safe as well. I have spent many mornings and evenings birding in this dene, and it is an absolute pleasure to go there. There are so many different trails to walk along.
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Old Tuesday 24th May 2005, 21:29   #80
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Angry I aint no woolyback

"PS. (Low Barns is in Wear Valley woolyback District at Witton-le-Wear.)"

careful now Mr Owlman be careful who you be insultin

I live in WLW an I aint got no wooly back.

You do that again and I might ask my neighbours for some LEO recipes to send you!

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Old Tuesday 24th May 2005, 23:59   #81
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Nightingale

Nightingale belatedly reported by birder on 20th May at Pity Me Carrs.
The Carrs are directly North of Framwellgate Moor Secondary Scool Fields at :- NZ 266 452
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Temmincks & a Black Tern on Hetton Lyons (CW) this after, stint flushed by walkers & went off to NorthEast. (May have relanded at Seaton Pond?)

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If i'd realy wanted to offend i'd have picked another term...
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Whats the Latest from the Dale then PaulF....? Any Nightjars yet?

Who's checking Crimdon Dene for a Trumpeter then ?

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Old Wednesday 25th May 2005, 18:02   #82
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male montagus harrier reported at follingsby lane this afternoon over cereal fields. (north of Nissan area)

swifts seen entering nest sites in durham city market place & sand martins entering nests in riverbank walls opposite ice rink.

magpie robbing goldfinches nest in dense laurel bush at home, with 4 adult Great tits feeding amicably together in garden, perhaps failed breeders?

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Old Thursday 26th May 2005, 07:31   #83
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Hoping to get down to Saltholme this evening, stopping off at Bishop Middleham on the way.

Hopefully a new rarity will have introduced itself to the area, I'm hoping for Spoonbill!! Also want to see the Garganey that has been so elusive each time that I've visited.

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Old Thursday 26th May 2005, 13:43   #84
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SHRiKE species (possibly woodchat)
Greencroft industrial park NZ166 509, just south-west of ANNFiELD PLAiN.

Bird was seen briefly from first Left Hand side dead end road, after entering the park, south off the A693.

other birds at greencroft area include tree pipit, cuckoo, whin & stonechat, leo, gropper, quail, lesser whitethroat etc.
potential for nightjar.

Couple of Quail singing in local areas now.
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Old Thursday 26th May 2005, 14:08   #85
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owls in durham?

Hi lads,

I'm new to the forum and not a seasoned birder- just wondering what the Owl situation is in the area- what you can see/hear and where to see/hear it?

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Old Thursday 26th May 2005, 21:42   #86
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What's the story with the Lesser White Fronted Goose at Boldon Flats - is it an escape or the genuine article? thought one of your lads up there might know. Any info appreciated.

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Old Thursday 26th May 2005, 22:59   #87
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Lesser White-fronted Goose
The bird was showing well with a group a Greylag this evening. It's not ringed and is full winged so it looks like a genuine bird, but who knows, it's bound to have its doubters. It's gone down on my list regardless.

Also about tonight:

Dormans Pool
4 Little Gulls
3 Grasshopper Warblers
Sedge Warbler
Whitethroat
Reed Bunting
Wigeon
Pochard
Common Tern

Back Saltholme
Black Tailed Godwit
Ringed Plover
Great Crested Grebe
Canada Goose
Greylag Goose
Meadow Pipit

Little Owl on telephone wires at private site.

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Old Friday 27th May 2005, 00:11   #88
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Hi Mike
Durham Bird Club have an Owl Study Group (wild birds only)
This would be a good starting point for you, im sure.
The club website (including membership details-£12 to join) is at :-


http://website.lineone.net/~davidbrown33/index.html

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LWFGoose.....
feels slightly plastic due to time of year, otherwise looks / acts as if wild
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Old Friday 27th May 2005, 21:54   #89
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Got my first ever Long Eared Owl tonight!!!!!

Hunting over fields close to nesting site, it was an absolutely amazing site.

Decided to try another site afterwards and got Little Owl and heard a Tawny Owl.

After so long without seeing an Owl 3 come along at once, it's like waiting for a bus.

Hoping to get down to see the Purple Heron this w/end if it hangs about.

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Old Friday 27th May 2005, 21:59   #90
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Got my first ever Long Eared Owl tonight!!!!!

Hunting over fields close to nesting site, it was an absolutely amazing site.

Decided to try another site afterwards and got Little Owl and heard a Tawny Owl.

After so long without seeing an Owl 3 come along at once, it's like waiting for a bus.

Hoping to get down to see the Purple Heron this w/end if it hangs about.

Nice one!
Im still waiting to have my first "confirmed" sighting of LEO this year. You will never forget you first sighting of Long Eared Owl such a great bird.
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Old Friday 27th May 2005, 22:18   #91
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Got my first ever Long Eared Owl tonight!!!!!
Tarts Tick

Well done Skelly,
Nice to see you find your first one "in open play", i'd imagine the majority of birders get their 1st Leo perched up in a winter roost....

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Hoping to get down to see the Purple Heron this w/end if it hangs about.
That bird isnt in Durham yet......



Think if i get the chance i'll try for the Rosefinch at Whitburn.

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Old Friday 27th May 2005, 22:30   #92
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That bird isnt in Durham yet......


It will be by Sunday, well hopefully it will.

Anyway, I still need the Garganey that's down there. Got the scope for the w/end so should be able to see it.
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Old Saturday 28th May 2005, 13:10   #93
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Harriers....

FOUR species of HARRIER in South Tyneside in the last 7 DAYS (all within about 3 mile of each other!!!)
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Old Sunday 29th May 2005, 14:15   #94
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Sunday morning birding

Bishop Middleham

Pink Footed Goose in amongst group of Greylag
Shoveler
Grey Partridge
Mute Swan
Tufted Duck
Coot
Moorhen
Lapwing
Oystercatcher
Redshank

Back Saltholme

Ringed Plover
Little Stint (Year bird)
Dunlin
Shoveler
Great Crested Grebe
Cormorant
Common Tern
Tufted Duck
Canada Goose
Pink Footed Goose
Greylag Goose
Black Headed Gull
Meadow Pipit
Swift
House Martin
Gadwall
Mallard
Shelduck

Dormans Pool

Pintail
Ruddy Duck
Little Grebe
Little Gull
Pochard
Mute Swan
Whitethroat
Sedge Warbler
Grasshopper Warbler
Grey Heron
Herring Gull
Black Headed Gull
Lesser Black Backed Gull
Linnet
Reed Bunting
Great Crested Grebe
Shelduck

Seal Sands and Long Drag

Red Breasted Merganser
Cuckoo
Curlew
Sedge Warbler
Gadwall
Ruddy Duck
Oystercatcher
Lapwing
Shelduck
Mute Swan
Skylark

Still didn't manage to get the Garganey!!!

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Old Sunday 29th May 2005, 15:09   #95
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Raptor Fest

HONEY BUZZARD lingering at Whitburn 13:30
BLACK KITE in off sea at Roker 14:30
HEN HARRIER ringtail around AM
MONTAGUS HARRIER pair North at Mere Knolls Cemetary AM
RED KITE still around Cleadon area.


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HONEY BUZZARD
- lingering at Whitburn at 13:30 with 2 south over Whitburn (early afternoon). Also 1 North over Whitburn Village at 19:00.
probable BLACK KITE - in off sea at Roker at 14:30
HEN HARRIER - ringtail around area AM and a Male SW towards Acadamy pools.
MONTAGUS HARRIER - pair North at Mere Knolls Cemetary AM
RED KITE - un-tagged still around Cleadon / Boldon area.
HOBBY - Through Mere Knolls AM

Strangely this doesnt appear to be replicated on other sections of the East Coast....but the odd Honey Buzz & Red Kite in off over SEast coast.

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Old Monday 30th May 2005, 15:48   #96
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Whitburn

Five new birds for the year today!!!!

Razorbill
Fulmar
Kittiwake
Shag
Rock Pipit

All at Whitburn.

No sign of any raptors today which was a shame, but a good couple of hours none the less.

Also got Turnstone, Sanderling, Reed Bunting, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Kestrel, Cormorant, Herring Gull, Curlew and Common Tern.

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I've been trying for ages to upload some of recent photos onto this thread and it has finally let me.

Just a few of the birds that I've seen over the last two weeks.

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Here's a few more.

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Been for a ride on the bike today up Weardale and Teesdale among the birds seen were several Buzzards in Weardale ( surprisingly a common sight this year in Weardale ), my first Spotted Flycatchers of the year by the river at Frosterley, 3 Yellow Wagtails at Grassholme reservoir, Male Redstart and Nuthatch by the Tees at Bowlees, A Little Owl sitting on a roadside telegraph pole at Newbiggin, Tree Pipit on the edge of Hamsterley Forest and a male Cuckoo at Dryderdale.

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undefinedJust spent this morning walking into Castle Eden Dene from my home in Wingate. This is what I saw (from outside my house, to getting home) in 3 hrs.

Blackbird
Song Thrush
Collared Dove
Goldfinch
Greenfinch
Dunnock
House Sparrow
Starling
Sparrowhawk
Kestrel
Partridge
Pheasant
Lapwing
Whitethroat
Linnet
Sedge Warbler
Reed Bunting
Cormorant
Heron
Coot
Water Hen
Mute Swan (some bastard has destroyed their nest what had 4 eggs, this put a dampener on the morning)
Willow Warbler
Skylark (yes, rare, but we always get a couple of pairs round here)
Mallard
Rook,
Chaffinch
Bullfinch
Yellowhammer
Curlew
Mistle Thrush
Wren
G. Spotted Woodpecker
Nuthatch
Great Tit
Coal Tit
Blue Tit
Long Tailed Tit
Goldcrest
Yellow Wagtail(or Grey, I am not too sure)
Pied Wagtail
Cuckoo (seen, and heard)
Green Woodpecker ( heard for ten minutes and then finally spotted, spent twenty minutes watching this bird).
Woodcock
Treecreeper
Jay
Magpie
Jackdaw
Blackcap
Meadow Pipit
Robin
Wood Pigeon
Albino Collared Dove (is this common?)
No great rarities, but a very satisfying mornings birding for myself. I am enjoying this more than I used to go fishing.

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