Sunday, 10 January 2016


A day in Teesside started well as we stumbled onto the 3 Shore Lark almost as soon as we got out of the car at the Jewish Cemetery, Hartlepool. Excellent, pretty close views, but the light was awful for photos.

Shore Lark
The 3 Snow Bunting a few hundred yards north took a bit of work, but eventually showed superbly.

Snow Bunting
A Jackson's Landing the Glaucous Gull looked a no-shower until some bread brought in the gull flock. A real beast of a bird, bossing the gull flock.

Glaucous Gull

The annual visit to Ward Jackson Park followed, where after a few minutes we picked up some Ring-necked Parakeets, with probably about a dozen birds.

Ring-necked Parakeet
At a very wind-swept Seal Sands we picked up the distant Red-necked Grebe along with Great Crested Grebe, 2 Great Northern and a Red-throated Diver. A flighty flock of 18 Twite were on the sands.

The Greatham Creek area was next. Here we picked up Spotted Redshank, Greenshank, 2 Grey Plover and 2 Little Egret.

Little Egret
The flock of Barnacle Geese were seen from the road at Saltholme and a stop at Cowpen Bewley gave 3 Yellowhammer to add to the year list.

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