Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Tough going

After a glimpse of Spring, Winter has returned. Early morning seawatches with the northerly flow have given little reward other than a couple of Manx Shearwater and Bonxie, plus a very distant Marsh Harrier that flew south yesterday. A couple of Grasshopper Warbler have been reeling and showing well on the walk to the Obs, unfortunately in poor light.

Grasshopper Warbler

Back in Gateshead it has been tough going with the cold weather holding the migrants back. Two Grasshopper were back reeling by Birtley reed beds on Thursday and I jammed a female Redstart on Sunday, perched by the road near Lamesley.


A venture up to the Derwent Reservoir area was disappointing, with just a Pied Flycatcher to show for it.

Pied Flycatcher
A look up north did get four smart summer plumage Black-necked Grebe, but little else in unpleasant conditions.

Black-necked Grebe

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