Saturday, October 27, 2007

Quick nip to Scaling Dam

I've been neglecting the Dam recently but a brief opportunity presented itself today so I stopped by for an hour. 155 Teal, 21 Wigeon, 3 Goldeneye, 3 Pochard and 2 Little Grebes plus a Sparrowhawk
were present for my delectation.

2 comments:

Boulmer Birder said...

Hi Alastair , in reply to your YN Mouse post, I have caught hundreds of 'mice' over the years, starting by live trapping them in my garden as a kid, and they were all Wood Mice ( Long tailed Field Mice). I have not heard of a YN Mouse being caught up here but find your record from west of Newcastle interesting.Wood Mice are abundant all over the country where there are some trees/ bushes for cover...

Alastair said...

Stewart, if you click the NBN Gateway link from my General wildlife links and then put either the English or scientific name into the search box you will get all the entered national records for that species. It doesn't work for birds very well but it's excellent for most other stuff. For many records you can drill down to 100m of where it was found! There is a Yellow-necked Mouse record for Newcastle - it may be dodgy but all these records will have been scrutinised. Presumably the dentistry of these two species is different as well as these not very precise "plumage" details.