A slow day in Gateshead, but I did pick up a reeling Grasshopper Warbler as soon as I got out of the car at Birtley reed beds. Singing loudly, perched on a patch of brambles in bright sunlight.
Stuff to do, but a call from Brian P had me heading to the Derwent Valley. He'd received a recording of a singing Wood Warbler that someone had taken this morning and passed on to him for identification. Once common all down the valley, they are now rare with just the odd record of a briefly singing male every 3 or 4 years. The bird was calling strongly in the canopy when I got there, soon dropping to the under-storey to give some cracking views.