The spate of 'distant views only' continued today. Arrived at Bothal Pond this morning and spent an unproductive hour searching for the reported Red-backed Shrike. Thinking it had just passed through I headed for the coast. Nothing at Lynemouth Flash and just 4 Avocet and a few Black-tailed Godwit at Cresswell. Put off heading further north by the hordes of bank holiday trippers I headed back home. Passing Bothal I pulled over for a quick scan of the hedges and immediately picked up the shrike, a cracking male, perched out in the open. Good views through the scope, but very distant.
Gateshead was quiet this morning with no sign of the wagtail or Wood Sandpiper. 3 Hare on Ravensworth Fell were the highlights.