Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Dowitcher in the rain

A look around Gateshead this morning yielded little. A Cormorant low over Burdon Moor in the fog was only the second I've had here. White Wagtail and Pink-footed Goose were at Lamesley. 8 Willow Warbler were singing at Watergate, compared to just 2 yesterday. A singing Blackcap at Far pasture was new for the year.

A look up to Cresswell and the Long-billed Dowitcher was showing superbly just north of the causeway. Unfortunately it was almost dark and lashing down, so photos not what they could have been. At Druridge I had my worst ever views of a Jack Snipe, while 3 Pintail were among the many Shoveler.

Long-billed Dowitcher


  1. It's bad enough trying to capture the bird in near darkness, as i also had this morning Rob, without that annoying feather on its right hand side !! I had great views on Sunday of the Jack at Dru but saw the bird for all of 3 seconds late this a.m. It's still there tho' !!

    1. I kept expecting to bump into you. It was 12.30ish and the weather was grim.

  2. Mind you had it a bit wetter than i did judging by the raindrops hitting the water !!