Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Early morning dip

News of a singing Great Reed Warbler got me out of bed and back down to Teesside. Unfortunately it had long shut up by the time I got there at 07.30 and I was left with a load of singing Reed Warbler. At Saltolme West the two Whiskered Tern were still hawking over the water and the five Spoonbill were just outside the hide (if only the RSPB opened the reserve at a reasonable hour). Two Little Gull joined the terns briefly.

Whiskered Tern

3 of 5 Spoonbill
At Hartlepool there was no sign of the Firecrest behind the Cosmopolitan, but there were 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, a Garden Warbler, a Blackcap and a few Chiffchaff.

Spotted Flycatcher
Lesser Whitethroat
Garden Warbler
At Crimdon the tern colony was alive with Little Tern.

Little Tern

A call in at Lampton Pond gave 3 distant Wood Sandpiper with a Little Ringed Plover.

No sign of Mike's Greenshank at Lamesley, but the Greenshank and Black-tailed Godwit were still at Shibdon. Also here was a Holly Blue, just outside the hide, unfortunately flushed by a Speckled Wood before I could get the camera out.

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