The afternoon started well as an adult Mediterranean Gull drifted low over the house. I presume that this is the bird that has been showing off and on at Shibdon. A welcome garden tick.
The day went downhill as there was no sign of the Richard's Pipit at Whitburn. A couple of flyover Redwing were pretty much all I saw.
A good thrash around Marsden Quarry was better and gave a Jack Snipe flushed from the gorse, a single Brambling, Wheatear and frequent passes from a Sparrowhawk.
It will get better!