Another Med.gull! OH YES...This time a one on the Bents park footy pitches from a couple of weeks back or so. What a cracker this one was in full summer plumage, another 3 where around the Trow area this day about the same time...but different birds.
20 Pinkies have been on Boldon flats for about a week now, which is great considering the sluice gate was lifted earlier this month. And the 8 Ruff have now been present 2 days ( one bird with white feather features to its upper body)..but distance is a problem trying to get any record shots here.
My one and only Wheatear of the year so far, picked up near Trow point last week.(gun rock).
The prehistoric looking black things have just about fully returned to nesting sites now, they look to be going to breed on 3 high level positions like last year. A few Shags are still to be had in the area especially juvs. Kittiwakes now fully back on nesting ledges along with Fulmars. The Razorbills have floated in and out like they do here, sometimes back on ledges. But none present near the cliffs today.
The Leas are alive again! Loads of Linnets, Meadow pipits and Skylarks back after their winter absence (almost).
Fantastic to see these Swans along the coast! The Whoopers where on the sea off Souter before flying off north. I checked Marsden area and then Sandhaven before I found them again settled for a short time off the big beach near the pier.
Nice visit today to a couple of the pools in the area- This Heron was not too bothered here by mine and the dogs presence. The Dabchicks ( Little grebe to some...Nar still like the older name) on the other hand where a different story. Not had a great deal of luck getting shots of this species in ST ..that continued today.
Not a easy bird to see away from the coast in ST...this one was on a "so called" disused fishing lake a week or so back, which is now a bit of tip to say the least.!
The Dabchick pic. after me and Max sat waiting for a while.