A trip up to Fenham Flats this morning after a bit of a lie-in. After several attempts for American Wigeon last winter I was optimistic today, but despite scanning every Wigeon several times, today was another failure. The Flats were covered in birds with large numbers of Brent Geese, Dunlin and Knot. A couple of Little Egret were feeding in channels and a Peregrine powered through at low level. A finch flock near the hide was made up of c80 Twite and c20 Linnet. A check through the Wigeon at Budle Bay again lacked the Yank, Another Little Egret was feeding here.
Holy Island castle from across the flats
Twite and Linnet
Yesterday was spent around Gateshead where Shibdon's Bearded Tit failed to show. Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail and Dipper were in the outlet stream at Watergate. Lamesley still held the Whooper Swan along with a drake Wigeon.