Thursday, 24 April 2014


Newton first again this morning. A Grasshopper Warbler reeling by the tin church, but no new migrants in the trees here. A Roe buck was by the path and plenty of Rock Pipit and a couple of Wheatear at the point where a few Sandwich Tern passed.

Roe Buck
Rock Pipit
Meadow Pipit
At the scrape were 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Ruff and a Dunlin. 3 new in Sedge Warbler were singing by the hide, from which were a few Gadwall and a Cormorant.
Black-tailed Godwit & Ruff
Stag Rocks was disappointing for birds, but 6 White-beaked Dolphin moved south fairly close in.
White-beaked Dolphin
Down to East Chevington for the first year tick of the year when 10 Common Tern flew in to join a few Sandwich Tern. The Black-necked Grebe was still here with 8 Great Crested Grebe and a Whimbrel flew north calling.
I bypassed home and headed down to Seaton Carew for the Wryneck on the golf course at North Gare. I jammed in here when I was heading for some birders searching for the bird I stumbled across the Wryneck sitting out in the open on the fairway.

On the way home I called in at Lamesley where there were 3 Yellow and 1 White Wagtail, 2 Common Sandpiper and 4 Snipe. At Burdon Moor were a dozen Wheatear and a drumming Snipe.

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