Hot and sunny today, but still no Wheatear or Little Ringed Plover. Gateshead highlights were 4 Gadwall at Lamesley and 2 Kingfisher at Birtley reed beds. A superb day for a run up to the dales. Great weather and scenery, but few birds with no sign of the eagle or shrike. 15+ Black Grouse were at Langdon Beck while butterflies ( mainly Peacock) were everywhere.
At Derwent Reservoir there were loads of Wigeon and Great Crested Grebe. A distant sleeping duck proved difficult to identify, but luckily moved a bit closer to confirm a female Common Scoter, a cracking inland bird.
A quick look at Lamesley tonight gave 25 Sand Martin moving through.