Ya see the rain dance worked...just a bit late thats all!
This was the scene at Boldon Flats this afternoon(blue skies!). The mooooost water the site has seen all winter!, typical! If the sluice gate had still been in place the road here would have been flooded and closed.
Unfortunately a few Lapwing eggs will have been destroyed with this flood here, but other birds will benefit from it...and a few local birders.
Its ironic really that just 2 weeks back the new ponds at Whitburn had to be artificially filled, this Aprils showers I think would have done the job
This afternoons visit was my second of the day and in much better weather conditions.The Drake Garganey was right over the other side when we first arrived along with a Black-tailed Godwit.So we went along Blue house lane to catch up with a Lesser Whitethroat and Jan got her best views to date of the illusive species. Other side of a bush always...but good nether the less. Excellent encounter this as the bird was giving off both calls...contact?? and usual song.
Hr Hogg was still present when we wandered back along the flats road and he told us the Garganey was on this side of the flood. Excellent views had of my first ST Garganey. (its in the above shot taken from the car pull in area).
Mr Garganey with Teal....
Mr Garganey with Mr Mallard....
Mr Garganey goes solo...
This was the scene on my visit this morning, it soon started pissing down and the toys had to be put away. But I had been just happy seeing this bird then and also my first Sand Martins of the year after Keith Mc,s. text this morning.