Superb Hawfinch image - feeding on Hornbeam at Bishop Middleham (JHo)

Selected List of Sightings in January

(sourced from DBC Whats Ap, DBC Members Facebook Group & Twitter- apologies for any errors / omissions )

1/1 Lapland Bunting - Newburn (long staying bird coming to...

December 23, 2017

Saturday 16th

A Lapland Bunting was noted all week at Newburn

 Lap Bunting image by Ian Forest

Barn Owl (GS) at ShibdonPond Gateshead reminded us of 3 species of owls seen back in Nov 1988, when Barn, Tawny & Long-eared Owls all roosted on site in adjacent trees. A couple...

December 15, 2017

This weeks undoubted highlight was the Two barred Crossbill, described in the previous blog entry.

A number of observers followed up on this over the next few days - but sadly no further sightings yet.... hopefully this bird, & perhaps some Parrot Crossbill will be unco...

December 12, 2017

Monday 11th December 2017

An amazing record of a Stunning adult male Two-barred Crossbill found by Mike Wood in the west end of Hamsterley Forest feeding with Common Crossbills at grid-ref NZ 031 280,  approx 1km south-east of Neighbour Moor House.

 (internet image Two-b...

December 8, 2017

 South Shields was the place to be this week, with an excellent selection of winter species, the following images by  local patchers Stuart Thompson / Laurence Younger :-

Grey Phalarope (StuT)

 Slavonian Grebe(StuT)

 Glaucous Gull(StuT)

 Phalarope feeding(StuT)


December 1, 2017

 Festive Robin by M.Heron

An Arctic blast this week with cold & snow has seen a plethora of activity at various feeding stations around the County.

Hetton Bogs as popular as ever for the showy Rails & Willow Tits.

Whooper Swans took advantage of the tail wind to continue...

November 27, 2017

Selected highlights from around the County today

 John from Shields was in just the right spot to go eyeball to eyeball with this young Peregrine (300mm lens)

There was another sighting of the Teesmouth Shorelarks crossing the river - 4 birds left South Gare at 09:40 (KC...

November 25, 2017

 Greyhens in Weardale image by Dave Brown

Some local movements of wildfowl & waders were evident after the recent heavy rain followed by a sharp freeze. Black tailed Godwit appeared on Boldon Flats, 3Whoopers were at Bish Middleham & 4 Shoveller at Lyons Park.


November 24, 2017

Well, what a difference a full day of sunshine makes - Loads of Bird News from across the County today.

First news this morning was of 4Whoopers sw over Whitburn(KDs) & a further 3 adults in-off at the now well watched Blackhall beat (RR), which continued its good run,...

November 22, 2017

a day of much rain & few birds

A first winter Iceland Gull was present on Boldon Flats 08:30 (MV) & its larger cousin, a juv Glaucous Gull headed south past Whitburn Obs around the same time.

Large numbers of wind assisted white-winged gulls have turned up on the norther...

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