Friday, 3 July 2015


Not a great deal went past Whitburn between 05.30 and 07.00 this morning, but it was good to start the day sitting in the sun. A cracking, close adult Little Gull in full summer plumage was the star along with a few close Manx Shearwater.

A few hours at Derwent Reservoir gave distant views of the Temminck's Stint, a Greenshank, Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Plover and Ringed Plover. With acres of mud, a few decent waders should turn up here.

At Winnows Hill there was still no sign of Golden-ringed Dragonfly, but my first Common Hawker of the year made a brief appearance. 12+ Dark-green Fritillary were bouncing around along the path, rarely posing for photos.

Dark-green Fritillary
At Shibdon the Black-tailed Godwit has moved on, but the Mediterranean Gull was still there this evening along with a Common Sandpiper.

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