Monday, March 12, 2007

Sunday 11th March 2007

Above - Up the Harthope Valley at Langleeford with views up to Cheviot.

Today was windy with a strong S6 to W6 later.

JWR and myself checked out Eglingham Great Wood early on then up to the Harthope Valley via a short stop at Ros Castle.

At Eglingham we had 1 Red Squirrel and 6 Roe Deer plus another Red Squirrel later on the way home ran across the road then hid in a hole in a stone wall. When we stopped it peered out at us before moving to more suitable habitat in the woods. One of these days one will hang around long enough for me to get a picture.

Also here were 2 + Lesser Redpolls and 3+ Siskins feeding in Larches, 1 Barn Owl flushed out of a pine wood!, 3 Buzzards, 1 Redwing and 50+ Linnets.

At the Harthope Valley winter still had a good grip of things, all we noted were 6+ Mistle Thrush, 3+ Grey Wagtail, 1 Dipper and 4 Buzzards. It won't belong before the hills and woods here alive with the songs of Redstarts, Ring Ouzels and Tree Pipits. I'll be back...

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