Wednesday, 2 July 2014


Lamesley, last night held a cracking male Ruff in ginger, black and white. It was showing well from the oak tree, but too far to get a decent photo. On Ravensworth Fell 2 Long-eared Owl gave brief views.

Today started at Shibdon to see the Ringed Plover and Common Sandpiper that George had found on his early patrol. My first Gateshead Ringed Plover of the year.

Moving north on the off chance that last night's Cattle Egret might show up was unsuccessful. Highlights were 5 Little Gull and 6 Acocet at Cresswell and 2 Spoonbill at Druridge.

The afternoon was up to Derwent Reservoir to try for a better shot of the Temminck's Stint. The stint was showing well as soon as we arrived, but flew off when attacked by a Redshank and couldn't be relocated. The female Long-tailed Duck was showing well, plus 7 Common Sandpiper, 5 Ringed Plover and 1 Little Ringed Plover.

Long-tailed Duck
This evening the Ruff was still showing at Lamesley and the Green Sandpiper was to the left of the hide.

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