Welcome to my sightings page for 2022, where I aim to display a compilation of my birding and wildlife sightings and experiences from that year. For up to date reports of sightings, please consider following me on my Facebook, Twitter and Flickr pages.
Covid19: Due to the rapid increase in people having Covid19 during the final weeks of 2021 and the beginning of 2022 the year started in what the government called 'Plan B: Increased Awareness'. Due to this, I will continue to concentrate on the local patch with the odd 'distanced' journey to see anything that is of interest and hopefully still manage to stay away from the risk of picking up Covid and bringing it home. Stay safe everyone!
Picture: Great White Egret at Low Barns, 2nd January 2022
1st to 9th January, 2022 – (Increased Awareness) Etherley Moor, Escomb, Low Barns & The Dales
First bird of the year was a pair of Magpies at Etherley Moor. Best birds on New Years Day were two Pink-footed Geese on the pond off Coundon Bypass. A Great White Egret was seen at Low Barns on the 2nd, which was a patch tick for me.
Barn Owl (1 hunting), Little Egret (1), Nuthatch (1), Siskin (10+), Song Thrush (1), Little Grebe (1), Tufted Duck (24), Goldeneye (2m 2f), Goosander (7f), Mute Swan (9), etc. were best out of 37 species at a rainy/cold Escomb on 8th.
Twitched the Red-flanked Bluetail at Low Force in Upper Teesdale on 9th. Black Grouse (4), Red Grouse (2), Grey Partridge (2), Fieldfare (10+), Sparrowhawk, Jay and a Raven were seen on the drive back to Bishop Auckland via Rookhope.
10th to 16th January, 2022 – (Increased Awareness) Escomb & The Batts
Ponds were fully frozen at Escomb on the 15th with Willow Tit (1), Nuthatch (1), Redwing (1) & Song Thrush (1) being the pick of the birds.
Nineteen different species were seen during a 75 minute walk around The Batts on the 16th. Best birds seen included Goosander (8+), Little Egret (1), Common Buzzard (1), Redwing (40+) and Siskin (10+).