Friday, 24 April 2015


Today was spent mopping up the new arrivals around Gateshead. Two Reed Warblers were singing at Birtley reed beds, but unfortunately no Sedge Warbler. A Common Tern was at Shibdon, but the reserve was quiet. A call from Paul D had me at Far Pasture where a Garden Warbler was singing in the car park and a Whitethroat was flitting around the scrub.

Up to the hills where Redstart and Pied Flycatcher were showing well at Muggleswick.

Pied Flycatcher
It turned cloudy and cool so the hunt for Tree Pipit and Cuckoo was fruitless.

Back in Gateshead a Speckled Wood was at Birtley reed beds and the Yellow Wagtail showed distantly at Lamesley.

Speckled Wood
Yellow Wagtail
News from Russell had me up to Burdon Moor where there had been a fall of 20+ Wheatear and a smart Whinchat.


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