Friday, 27 January 2017


Yesterday was bloody freezing. After Wednesday's sun, it was cold, grey and windy. Seawatching was slow, but produced a few good birds, with an Iceland Gull and an extremely early Manx Shearwater being the star birds.

Back in Gateshead at Lamesley there were 18 Wigeon, 7 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler and 17 Snipe. At Saltwell along with 53 Tufted Duck there was a pair of Pochard. These were the first in Gateshead since November 2015. A far cry from the hundreds that used to winter at Shibdon in the 80s.



  1. Funnily enough I'd been wondering if anyone had checked Saltwell Park for Pochard, seems to be the most reliable site in recent years. Nice one.

  2. Keep it up Rob! the master Birder!