Friday, 20 May 2016

Not a garden Hobby

Popping out tonight to check Lamesley, I was driving through Whickham when I picked up a long-winged falcon hunting around the tree tops beside the Coachman car park. Slamming on the brakes I just managed to the bins out in time to confirm a Hobby as it drifted north over the pub.  Only my second ever in Gateshead, but missing out on a garden tick, as it would have gone straight over my house.

This morning was spent seawatching at Whitburn (report at Paul's blog). Just standard fare, but as I sat down a Mute Swan flew south just below the cliffs. Surprisingly rare, with just a couple of records a year, Paul was over the moon with an Obs year tick. Later it flew back north for photos.

Mute Swan

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