Started the day at Whitburn with a seawatch, but after an hour with just a handful of Red-throated Diver I headed for another look at the pipit. A small crowd was standing looking at the wooded slope, but it took another 30 mins before the bird crept into view. The bird gave cracking views as it worked up and down through the leaf litter, pumping it's tail as it went. Disappearing into the undergrowth only to reappear 20 mins later just 15 feet away, it eventually worked it's way almost to our feet, picking aphids from the underside of leaves. Crippling views and at times too close to focus the camera.
What a stunner
Back in Gateshead a Wigeon was at Lamesley a flock of 150+ Canada Goose and Greylag on the fields above Burdon Moor contained 3 Pink-feet. Birds at Shibdon and Far Pasture were similar to yesterday.