Saturday, 25 April 2015

Wood Sandpiper

Back to cold and grey today. First stop was East Chevington where there was no sign of any Bearded Tit, but there were a couple of Grasshopper Warbler reeling in the rain.

Grasshopper Warbler
A fruitless stop at Arcot meant that we missed the American Wigeon at Holywell by 5 minutes. Now cold, wet and miserable we headed back up the coast to Cresswell. Here spirits were perked up by the find of a very confiding Wood Sandpiper just south of the causeway. A smart summer plumage Black-tailed Godwit was showing from the hide.

Wood Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper
At Druridge there was a Ruff and 2 Dunlin from the Budge Hide.

Up to Ladyburn Lake where an adult Little Gull was hawking insects over the lake with about 20 Common Tern.

Little Gull
Little Gull
Another look at East Chevington produced a couple of brief views of Bearded Tit and great views of a male Marsh Harrier.

Marsh Harrier
Back down to Gateshead and there were now 4 Whinchat with 6+ Wheatear.


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