Tuesday, 30 December 2014


Another day, another fish quay. Hartlepool was the venue this morning, where I spent a fruitless hour stood outside the fish quay gates scanning the shed roofs for the Glaucous Gull. A distant Viking Gull (Glaucous/Herring hybrid) raised hopes, but the coffee coloured wing tips were clear through a borrowed scope. A good bird though, with a stonking black-tipped, pink bill. The luck changed when the fish workers let us onto the quay and the first bird we saw was the Glaucous Gull, just 20 feet away. Posing for a while before a short flight around the harbour and down to a small rubbish heap where it fought off a few Herring Gulls.

Glaucous Gull
Viking and Herring Gull
As yesterday Gateshead was pretty lacklustre with nothing to shout about at Watergate, Burdon Moor or Lamesley. At Far Pasture there were 3 Chiffchaff feeding in the alder opposite the hide, one very pale bird probably Siberian, but a bit distant and I didn't hear it call. Hopefully it will hang around.

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