27th Jan. Such was the quality of the birding at the Rising Sun Country Park yesterday Sam and I decided to return again today and not bother going further afield. A thaw had set in and walking on melting ice and snow was difficult. In one particular area the flooding was so bad that we had to retrace our steps or face water coming over the wellingtons! It really does underline how such flooding can suddenly take people by surprise. On arrival breaking ice provided a nice picture.
There were a good number of birders about today again, but the birding was not as spectacular as yesterday. We saw none of the star birds of yesterday today, but do believe that at least one Short-eared Owl had been seen early in the day and I note that the Bittern was recorded today, but not by us.
On arrival it was Stan the Red Deer Stag that was drawing the attention of photographers. Good to see that mention is made of this stag in the NHSN book on Northumbrian Mammals. He seems well used to having photographs taken now, but I would recommend that dog owners do not allow their dogs to approach him! In the sunlight it was impossible to get decent sightings of the Fieldfare, but that was remedied later in the day when we watched a flock of forty with a few Redwings in amongst the flock. We’d seen neither species in the park yesterday.
We checked the area for Little Owl once again, and once again failed to find it. A flock of thirty-five Stock Doves were found and a flock of maybe twenty Linnet. Again neither species had been seen by us yesterday. A single Cormorant flew overhead and that again was a species not seen on the previous visit.