Monday, 8 February 2016


Popped out to pick up a couple of year ticks that I was missing. Firstly down to Tynemouth where I had dipped the Black Redstart in foul weather, at the start of the year. This time I was lucky, as the bird was flitting around the base of the pier with a Grey Wagtail and a couple of Rock Pipit.

Black Redstart
Up to Cresswell where the Ruff was on show, on the sand-bar in front of the hide. Also here were 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, but no sign of the Long-billed Dowitcher. In the fields just to the north a large flock of Pink-footed Geese held 4 White-fronted Geese.

Bar-tailed Godwit
It took a couple of goes, but I eventually caught up with the Waxwing a mile north of Widdrington. It was feeding on a berry-laden Hawthorn on the east side of the road, but spending much of its time in trees over the road.


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