Saturday, 5 July 2014


I was almost at Derwent Reservoir when I got news of the Black-winged Pratincole at Hurworth Burn Reservoir so a swift about turn was called for. With the best part of 100 birders on site by the time I got there, the bird was on show immediately, but at a great distance across the reservoir as it roosted with Lapwings. A walk round meant closer, but still scope views of the bird on the ground and occasionally in flight. A great bird, just a shame it wasn't up hawking insects while I was there.

Black-winged Pratincole
Black-winged Pratincole
A few other birds seen here included Great Crested Grebe and Gadwall on the reservoir and a Kingfisher shot along the line of twitchers.

A trip to Kibblesworth gave Emperor Dragonfly, Common Darter with Common Blue, Azure, Emerald and Blue-tailed Damselfly. Plenty of butterfly on the wing with Ringlet, Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Large Skipper, Common Blue and Small Tortoiseshell.

Emperor Dragonfly
Common Darter
A quick look at Lamesley gave good views of the Ruff and Green Sandpiper.

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