A great find by Tom Middleton, relatively new birder to County Durham. To quote RBS's message, "Today's Scop's Owl in Ryhope is the 1st mainland record for 10 years, a 1st for #Durham + 1st for the north east in over 100 years! #BigNews"
Location is excellent for visiting birders as the bird itself can stay undisturbed and visitors can get great views from a public footpath. Good positive experience all round.
One to remember for Ando; when I rang him to pass the news on, he was literally stood within 30m of the tree! Talk about being in the right place at the right time.
Excellent photo by Brian Smith attached.