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Old Sunday 19th July 2015, 09:02   #17126
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Nice set Derek and great find,young cuckoo and WLH.
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Old Sunday 19th July 2015, 19:50   #17127
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Cheers Derek, difficult to keep it steady with the windy conditions, oh for a calm day.
Steady enough for me Ray - video had me creased up, little owl behaviour is the most entertaining for me - cracking little things
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Old Friday 24th July 2015, 21:14   #17128
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Teesdale Barn Owl

One of two Barn Owls seen hunting - taking plenty of food back to separate sites !
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Old Saturday 25th July 2015, 10:52   #17129
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One of two Barn Owls seen hunting - taking plenty of food back to separate sites !
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Old Saturday 25th July 2015, 16:32   #17130
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Old Saturday 25th July 2015, 17:10   #17131
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South Shields

A few images from yesterday:
Common and Sandwich terns at the pier area, also med gull, flying toward the main road.
The usual at Souter with kittiwake, fulmar, cormorants, gulls and a few guillemot on the water. Lots of Juv, kittiwake but didn't see any flying.
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Old Saturday 25th July 2015, 18:24   #17132
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Little Owl x4 were showing well at Wingate Quarry on Thursday.
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Old Sunday 26th July 2015, 14:55   #17133
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Barn Owl with prey.

Another pic of the Barn Owl with prey - taken last night.
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Old Tuesday 28th July 2015, 17:15   #17134
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Hi all,

You may be interested to know that Hen Harrier Day North East will be held at RSPB Saltholme on Sunday 9th August 10:30am - 2:00pm.

Come along and help raise awareness of our missing hen harriers which are facing extinction in England due to illegal persecution.

There will be raffle prizes to be won and we may even have a celebrity guest attending (in negotiations - should hopefully know in the next few days).

Follow us on Twitter: @HHDayNorthEast
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1437578749903148/

Also check out www.henharrierday.org for more information.

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Old Saturday 1st August 2015, 05:48   #17135
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A few from South Shields, yesterday:
Good number of common terns on the beach, also 1 arctic, small flock goldfinch and linnets, couple of rock pipits, only one little owl seen + a few fulmar with juv's, and the usual gulls, cormorants etc.
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Old Saturday 1st August 2015, 23:00   #17136
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A few from South Shields, yesterday:
Good number of common terns on the beach, also 1 arctic, small flock goldfinch and linnets, couple of rock pipits, only one little owl seen + a few fulmar with juv's, and the usual gulls, cormorants etc.
Great photos Ray
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Old Tuesday 4th August 2015, 15:39   #17137
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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 when things are happening.
It's an ideal chance to help the birds, plants and animals in this area, as well as a bit of fun for the family.

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Old Friday 7th August 2015, 12:39   #17138
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Hartlepool Boat Trip for seabirds and Cetaceans

Hi

This will be on Friday 28th Aug 2015, 5.30pm - 8.30pm, from Hartlepool Marina

Anyone interested please contact me, £20, non-profit, all monies go to hiring the boat, free coffee, toilet on board, payment secures place

Could be good for skuas and petrels, auks, gannets, etc and chance of porpoise, dolphins and Minke whale, you never know

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Old Sunday 9th August 2015, 18:44   #17139
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Weasel/Barn Owl

Weasel and Barn Owl shots, still taking plenty of food in but having to work harder now the fields are being harvested !
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Old Monday 24th August 2015, 18:22   #17140
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Hartlepool Headland

Couple from around the Headland area today.
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Old Wednesday 2nd September 2015, 08:24   #17141
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Rainton Meadows

Walk round the reserve yesterday,
Other than the usual geese, little grebes, swans etc, nothing of note apart from at least 6 buzzards flying high over the reserve.
Plenty butterflies around, including, painted lady, wall brown, speckled wood, small tortoiseshell, peacock and various whites.
Also good number of common darter, including mating pairs.
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Old Wednesday 2nd September 2015, 09:30   #17142
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Hi all, I will have a couple of hours only in the morning of 28th Sept in central Durham - I'm from Essex - and, probably stupid question but, do I have a chance of seeing a Dipper? Are there any regular spots nearby to see them? I don't know Durham at all, just dropping son off at Uni.
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Old Thursday 3rd September 2015, 18:56   #17143
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Hi all, I will have a couple of hours only in the morning of 28th Sept in central Durham - I'm from Essex - and, probably stupid question but, do I have a chance of seeing a Dipper? Are there any regular spots nearby to see them? I don't know Durham at all, just dropping son off at Uni.
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Hi Debbie, I'm sure someone who frequents the area will have the courtesy to reply the only thing I could say is that there is a riverside walk and I'm sure you'll get a fly past at least if you keep a look out. one of the best persons to say for certain on dipper numbers in that area would be Mark Newsome ( county recorder ) Good Luck
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Old Friday 4th September 2015, 18:18   #17144
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Hi all, I will have a couple of hours only in the morning of 28th Sept in central Durham - I'm from Essex - and, probably stupid question but, do I have a chance of seeing a Dipper? Are there any regular spots nearby to see them? I don't know Durham at all, just dropping son off at Uni.
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If you leave Durham and head south on the A167 to Croxdale, turn right onto the minor road towards Browney, and after about 100 yards turn left onto the now disused road and park at the bridge over the river Wear. Often there are Dipper on the rocks to the east of the bridge.
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Thanks very much for your replies. Looking forward to it very much.
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Old Sunday 6th September 2015, 17:23   #17146
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Hi Debbie, I was at the above bridge this morning. Looking from the bridge towards the A167 road bridge there was 4 Dippers and many Grey Wagtails. There was also plenty of Nuthatches in the surrounding trees. The Dippers seemed to prefer the 3 rocks under the road bridge
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Old Sunday 6th September 2015, 19:55   #17147
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Driving back from Langley Park to Durham along the Ushaw College road at dusk saw amazing site of thousands of birds circling over the hillside down to Ushaw Moor. A mile away I presumed they were starlings though the 'flock' was very loose. When we got underneath them on the road down to UM I realised they were all Sand Martins! Circling 100 to 150m up in a hemisphere 500m to a km across? I would estimate at least 10,000 birds, all Sand Martins as far as I could see. As it grew darker they began to swoop down over the young willow forrest the college has planted NW of Ushaw Moor. In decades of birding I've never witnessed that before, and what a random place to gather prior to heading off South. We stayed 1/2 hour until 20.00 ish but in that time they showed no intent to move on. I guess they did when it was dark?
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Driving back from Langley Park to Durham along the Ushaw College road at dusk saw amazing site of thousands of birds circling over the hillside down to Ushaw Moor. A mile away I presumed they were starlings though the 'flock' was very loose. When we got underneath them on the road down to UM I realised they were all Sand Martins! Circling 100 to 150m up in a hemisphere 500m to a km across? I would estimate at least 10,000 birds, all Sand Martins as far as I could see. As it grew darker they began to swoop down over the young willow forrest the college has planted NW of Ushaw Moor. In decades of birding I've never witnessed that before, and what a random place to gather prior to heading off South. We stayed 1/2 hour until 20.00 ish but in that time they showed no intent to move on. I guess they did when it was dark?
Wow !!!! Sounds amazing
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South Shields today

Walk along the main pier area:
at least 5 distant guillemot, shag, cormorant, eider, curlew, oyster catcher, turnstone, couple of rock pipits, fulmar, juv, kittiwake, few sanderling on the shore line + the usual gulls
Still a few terns about, mainly common, as far as I could make out.
Also saw a few fish leaping out off the water, possibly salmon.
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A few shots of the Great White Egret, taken yesterday, also short video clip.

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