An excellent, long awaited Gateshead tick for me today. I got news yesterday from Ross A that he had 4 Eider on the Tyne, right by the Gateshead border. A fruitless visit this morning, but a message from Darren A had me hurtling back to see the birds well into Gateshead waters. The birds continued to push up-river with the tide and were last seen close to the quayside.
Eider and crab
The day had started pretty well at Burdon Moor, where Whinchat and Wheatear showed well and a Grasshopper Warbler was reeling below the wall.
At Lamesley a Sedge Warbler was singing by the oak tree and a Lesser Whitethroat was creeping through the trees. Common Tern had built up to 7, but otherwise quiet here.