Stuck at work yesterday and then seeing the excellent Eels at the Sage last night meant waiting until this morning to try for the White-rumped Sandpiper at Cresswell. Arriving at just after 06.30 it looked promising with c100 Dunlin, 4 Knot and a smart moulting Curlew Sandpiper. An hour or so of scanning failed to turn up the White-rump, but a Little Egret and a young Marsh Harrier flew over. At least 3Yellow Wagtail crawled through the grass. An optimistic check of Lynemouth flash produced just a single Ruff.
A quick zip around Gateshead tonight gave the Ruff at Shibdon and an adult Kittiwake at Timber Beach. Lamesley is looking a bit better after last night's rain, but the only waders were a few Lapwing.