Thursday, 16 March 2017


A good seawatch from Whitburn this morning with departing Whooper Swan and 2 Little Egret heading south. The latter still a rare bird from the Obs and the first multiple day-record. With a bit of warmth and a steady south-westerly there was a decent movement of passerines, mostly pipits and wagtails, but also a Snow Bunting.

Not a great deal back in Gateshead, but a tweet from David A got me down to Dunston in time to see the Iceland Gull that he'd found on the Tyne mud. Also here were the 2 Ringed Plover that have been hanging around for the last week.

Juvenile Iceland Gull
A good record at Shibdon was a day-flying Woodcock, presumably disturbed from reserve. I also had at least 5 of these last night, roding at Burdon Moor along with my first bats of the year.

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