Thursday, 12 May 2016

Great success

I was lying on the settee last night looking forward to a much needed lie-in when the phone rang and the news that the Great Reed Warbler was again singing at Haverton. Unfortunately too late to go last night, it meant an obscenely early start to get down for 05.15. The bird had already started singing and could be heard well before I reached the lads already on site. For the next two hours the bird blasted out its raucous song, sometimes just twenty feet away, but stayed annoyingly hidden. Eventually we were rewarded with poor flight views, but enough for the Durham tick. While waiting several Reed Warbler were singing close by and a Sedge Warbler gave cracking close views. Two Spoonbill did a fly-over to keep us entertained.


A brief stop by the road at Saltholme gave good views of two Black Tern.

McDonald's breakfast was eaten at Hartlepool headland, which was a bit quiet, but I was rewarded with decent views of a Spotted Flycatcher.

The three Wood Sandpiper remained at Lambton along with Ringed Plover, Little Ringed Plover and Common Sandpiper.

2 of 3 Woodsandpiper

News from Gateshead was the brood of Gadwall chicks at Birtley reed beds, the first breeding record in Gateshead. The Black-tailed Godwit was still at Shibdon, but the Greenshank has moved on.

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