Monday, 20 March 2017

Like buses

I called in to Shibdon at dusk last night to check for gulls. No gulls, but just as darkness fell I picked up a drake Garganey at the far side of the pond. The first in Gateshead since May 2012. Mike managed to twitch it in the dark, but with no chance of photos I returned this morning.

This morning the one turned into two. One awake, but distant and the other asleep on the main island. Hopefully this is a good omen as last time we had a Garganey, a Black-winged Stilt turned up the following week.

Sleeping Garganey
Some of 35 Shelduck
Paul D had a juv Glaucous Gull at Lamesley at lunch-time, so a bit starting to happen.