An early start this morning had me in Whitburn Obs just after 5am with a northerly wind and cloud cover giving an excellent seawatch. The star bird was a distant Storm Petrel at 06.10, but backed up with 8 Bonxie, 3 Arctic Skua, 60+ Manx Shearwater, 1 Whimbrel and a Velvet Scoter.
Up to Northumberland and Cresswell was quiet with 1 Little Gull, 1 Little Egret and 30+ Black-tailed Godwit. 9 adult Avocet were around the pond with 3 young on the sandbar. Druridge was a bit busier with 3 Spoonbill, 1 Little Egret, 1 Greenshank, 1 Little Ringed Plover and 30+ Black-tailed Godwit. Despite the strong wind a couple of Dark Green Fritillary were feeding behind the dunes.
|Spoonbill and Little Egret|
|Dark Green Fritillary|
|Dark Green Fritillary underside|