Decent numbers of wildfowl at Lamesley with 27 Wigeon and 9 Gadwall, along with the first returning 3 Redshank of the year. A couple of Lesser Black-backed Gull were on the mud at Dunston while a Mute Swan made a few fly-pasts.
A quiet month with a couple of trips to Rufforth to see the seagulls. Difficult this year, with all birds distant and jumpy, but we did manage 2 Caspian, a Yellow-legged, plus decent numbers of Iceland and Glaucous. A handful of seawatches at Whitburn have been lacklustre, but a Slavonian Grebe north on the 15th was a star bird.
The best bird in Gateshead has been an Iceland Gull found by Paul H on the playing fields opposite the Cardinal Hume School. This bird has been covering a fairly large area, flying around the roof-tops of the Wrekenton and Low Fell.
The Rock Pipit on the Tyne at Dunston has continued to give me the run-around.