Tuesday, 8 April 2014


A text from George while I was tucking into my breakfast had me at Shibdon before work. It took some time, but I eventually picked up the Common Sandpiper bobbing on the small island in the south west corner.

Common Sandpiper
Confirmation of the Ferruginous Duck at Gosforth Park came through while I was at work and unable to get there until 18.00. I arrived at the hide to the news that the bird had flown to the reeds at 17.00 and hadn't been seen since. 45 mins of Coot and Little Grebe with the occasional squeal of Water Rail before I picked up the duck flying in from the left. Good, though distant views were had, but looking into the dipping sun meant crap photos.
Ferruginous Duck

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