Thursday, 29 May 2014


The plan was to head to north Northumberland and head south. News of a singing Greenish Warbler at Newbiggin led me astray and I spent a fruitless couple of hours staring at trees near the mound. I headed north and covered Druridge Bay. No sign of the Spoonbills or much else and I eventually succumbed to the lure of the Bee-eaters at South Gare.

By the time I arrived the birds had become very mobile and hadn't been seen for 20mins. After half an hour everyone began to drift off so I headed up the hill behind the scrap yard. A single Bee-eater zipped over calling and perched on a bush on the side of the hill. Great, but distant views (the story of the week!) before the bird was flushed by a Magpie. The Bee-eater reappeared a couple of times, but further away. A Common Blue was new for the year.

Common Blue
Next back over the river to the Calor Gas Pool by Saltholme. The Curlew Sandpiper was feeding with Ringed Plover, but again at a distance. Surprisingly not in full summer plumage.

Curlew Sandpiper
The Phil Stead hide held a few Gadwall and a drake Garganey was on the Fire Station field.


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