Saturday, 8 February 2014


A quiet seawatch at Whitburn this morning. A Black-throated Diver motoring north in the strong southerly was the only highlight.

Back to Gateshead and Lamesley had a Wigeon and Shelduck.

A cracking Mediterranean Gull at Watergate with the first Lesser Black-backed Gull of the year and a fly over Grey Wagtail.

Mediterranean Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Far Pasture car park was alive with birds. 30+ Long-tailed Tits, 6 Bullfinch, Willow, Great, Blue and Coal Tits, Redpoll, Goldcrest and Chaffinch. No Chiffchaff of any kind today, but a Grey Wagtail was on the hide roof and the drake Pochard was on the pond.
Grey Wagtail
At Shibdon I picked up another adult Mediterranean Gull and just managed to get the camera out as it flew off. The Ruff flew in to join the large Lapwing flock.
Mediterranean Gull



  1. Hi Rob were the red poll in good numbers at far pastures?

  2. Just one today. Not many about this winter.