Not been down to the Shields Pier area for a couple of weeks but wandered down today not really expecting much and I was right regards waders. But a male Wheatear showed well (still in plumage change) and a pair of Linnets along with a few Meadow pipits.
A thrush flew along side the pier which didn't seem right the way it behaved to the normal odd Blackies and Songies we get here now and then, wings in a dropped posture, tail in a alert state ....etc. and the outer wing feathers seemed very pale. Because of the light I first thought of continental female Blackbird..But then she showed her true colours and the scaling in the feather details was noticed. Jan's first female Ring Ouzel.! Mind she didn't hang around for long and was off to patures new or revisited after we seen her.
The daft season has started with trying to photograph fast flying birds....but great trying and watching them.
Yesterday seen another first for me around the leas mound area in the form of a male budgie, dispite a few attempts at trying to capture him he escaped my grasp..I even crawled into a gorse bush and on a couple of occassions he was on my finger in here! but hopped off and escaped.