Saturday, 19 July 2014

Blue-headed Wagtail

A good seawatch from Whitburn this morning with a cloudy sky giving excellent viewing conditions. Nothing rare, but large numbers of birds close in. Good views of 11 Arctic Skua, 2 Bonxie, 200+ Manx Shearwater, 2 Whimbrel, 5 Knot and 3 Red-breasted Merganser. There was a strong northerly movement of Arctic Tern, Sandwich Tern and Common Scoter. 8 White-beaked Dolphin moved quickly south at 06.20.

A look at the Northumberland coast was unexciting until Newton Scrape, which was covered with waders and looks, by far, the best site on the north-east coast. Wader highlights were 2 Wood Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, 20+ Black-tailed Godwit and 50+ Dunlin. 6 juvenile Yellow Wagtail were feeding on the near shore with a slightly scruffy Blue-headed Wagtail.

Blue-headed Wagtail
Wood Sandpiper
A call from George had me call by Shibdon on the way home where a fall of Common Sandpiper had built up to 9 by the time I got there. Also here was the Ruff and a Kingfisher.

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