Thursday, 26 May 2016

Grey-headed Wag and Pec

A late start to recover from Scotland. No sign of any of the waders at Lamesley that I had hoped would drop after last night's rain, so headed to Boldon Flats to look for yesterday's Pectoral Sandpiper. Unfortunately the overnight rain had filled the pool and covered the mud, so after 30mins there was no sign of the Pec and I was about to head off I picked up a 'yellow' wagtail appearing from the longer grass. A totally dark grey head, no supercilium and just a small area of white on the throat. Only my second ever Grey-headed Wagtail ( Scandinavian form of Yellow).

The bird was incredibly elusive in the long grass and I only managed 3 brief views over the next hour. The Pectoral Sandpiper reappeared, giving excellent scope views and at one point feeding along the water's edge, just a few inches from the wagtail. Unable to get a photo of the Wagtail, I was pleased that Ross was able to twitch it and get brief views.

Pectoral Sandpiper
With the easterly wind it was worth checking the Leas hedge. Initial excitement caused by Sedge and Willow Warbler was short lived with no further migrants.

Quiet back in Gateshead, but the two Black-tailed Godwit were hanging on at Shibdon.

Another Picture of the Cuckoo from Tuesday.

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