Thursday, 28 August 2014

Shibdon Pec

Popped into Shibdon this afternoon and the first bird I looked at was a fresh in juvenile Ruff. I pulled the camera out of the bag and started clicking (Ruff is still a pretty good bird for Gateshead). After a few shots it dawned on me that the Ruff had moved and I was shooting Gateshead's first and long-awaited Pectoral Sandpiper. Get in!!

Pectoral Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
New Ruff
Ruff chasing Pec
Also here were 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank and the adult Ruff.

Seawatching this morning was slow to get going and failed to get overly exciting, with 2 distant Black Tern the highlight.


Wigeon    8n  1s
Teal    55n  13s
Arctic Skua    14n  1s
Whimbrel    35n
Common Tern    31n  30s
Tufted Duck    1n  1s
Sandwich Tern    7n    14s
Bonxie    4n
Bar-tailed Godwit    1s
Common Scoter    28n  5s  3 on sea
Manx Shearwater    4s
Eider    4s
Grey Plover    1n
Black Tern    2n
Red-throated Diver    1s
Pintail    1n
Dunlin    3s
Swift    1n

A quick look in Whitburn C.P and a good search of Marsden Quarry failed to turn up any migrants.

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