While waiting in the rain we were entertained by 'pinging' Bearded Tit and a family party of Cetti's Warbler. No sign of the Cattle Egret, but a selection of waders with Spotted Redshank, Ruff, Avocet, Black-tailed and Bar-tailed Godwit. My first Stone Curlew since the '80s showed well, but distantly. Also here was my first Muntjac Deer. In the grim weather the only dragon we saw was a Brown Hawker.
A long way to go for a day, but a great crack and thanks to Andrew for driving.
Yesterday a lacklustre seawatch was followed by a check of the round-about at Chester-le Street where at least 6 White-letter Hairstreak were feeding on thistle heads.