Braved another drenching at Newton, walking from the tin church, around the point, down to Newton Pool and back again. Little was showing in the rain, but 2 Willow Tit and a Goldcrest were near the pool that held 6 Goldeneye. The walk back was more productive as the rain stopped. Plenty of Rock Pipit and 2 Stonechat were on the rocks and the trees behind the tin church were alive with birds. 6+ Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest and the first Willow Warbler of the year. Also loads of Linnet, 2 Coal Tit and 2 Tree Sparrow.
Garganey next at Buston Links Pond. A cracking male was seen immediately and after a couple of minutes it flew over to the next pool where it coaxed another out of the reeds.
After this success I had another go for the Black Redstart at Druridge. It took over an hour to pick up the bird which flitted over the road and onto a fence. It was joined by a Meadow Pipit and then another Black Redstart flitted up before all three dropped into the field. I jogged round to the gate, but could only re-find one of the Black Redstart for photos.
Also seen here were fly-bys from male and female Marsh Harrier.
Other than getting soaked and getting a puncture, a canny day.
Apologies are due to an Italian visitor to the blog. They had typed "dogging" into Google and I assume that they were disappointed to be directed to my ranting about dog walkers thwarting my attempt to see a Bonaparte Gull. I hope that they found satisfaction in a car park closer to home!