Friday, 29 July 2016


A tweet this afternoon from Ross had me heading to Gateshead's most north-easterly  corner. He'd had a flock of Sandwich Tern feeding at Hebburn, just 2 miles downstream from the Gateshead boundary. Approaching from the east, I was almost at the boundary when I had a Sandwich Tern from the car, unfortunately flying in the wrong direction. Luckily when I arrived at the pier that marks the boundary a flock of Common Tern could be seen well upstream and among these at least 3 Sandwich Tern. A long overdue addition to my Gateshead list. As I turned for the car another 4 birds flew upstream to join the flock.

Sandwich Tern with Bill Quay in the background
Sandwich Tern with the dark side in the background
Earlier and Osprey put on a good, though distant show at Derwent Reservoir. A Greenshank was on the far bank, but a complete lack of small waders. At Winnows Hill there was no sign of any Golden-ringed Dragonfly, but there were plenty of Emerald Damsel, a Common Hawker and a couple of Dark-green Fritillary.

Emerald Damsel
Tachina grossa a big beast
Two Dunlin at Shibdon were my first in Gateshead for the year yesterday, but the Little Egret hasn't been there for the last two nights.

Field Scabius

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