Tuesday, 13 January 2015


Teesside this morning with Greenabella the first port of call. The cold, windy walk out gave a Spotted Redshank and c20 Black-tailed Godwit. No sign of the Whimbrel or Velvet Scoter on Seal Sands, but there were 2 Eider and several Red-breasted Merganser. On the walk back the Greenshank had joined the Spotted Redshank.

Spotted Redshank & Greenshank

A full English at Saltholme followed, with the plan to hunt for the Bittern and Green-winged Teal. News of 2 Shore Lark put pay to the plan and we headed for Hartlepool.

A thorough search of the area to the north of the Jewish Cemetery turned up nothing before the birds were relocated close to the car. Excellent views as the birds fed amongst the rubbish.


While in Hartlepool we popped across to Ward Jackson Park where 7 Ring-necked Parakeets were perched up. 3 Goosander were on the pond here.

Nothing much seen on a quick look around Gateshead.

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