Tuesday, 15 March 2016


After a tantalising glimpse of spring, it was back to winter today. Mist, drizzle and a cold north-easterly were the order of the day. A trip up to Cresswell, where the Dowitcher was hiding, was marred by the mizzle blowing in through the hide window, but an Avocet dropped in for the year tick.

At Bothal Pond the Great White Egret was showing well. So rare not long ago, now annual and expected.

Great White Egret
All a bit quiet over the last few days and I managed to miss the Whooper Swan flocks as they flew over Gateshead on their way home. Plenty of Little Owl still on display and a Short-eared Owl continues to show at Burdon Moor.

Little Owl
 Saturday night I managed to add Long-eared and Tawny Owl to my Gateshead year list and a couple of toads were out in the dark.

Common Toad by head-torch

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