I was out of bed this morning at 05:30; after a week of ultra early shifts, I had a lie in today.
So I was at Elwick, on Fenham Flats, Lindisfarne just after first light.
Thousands and thousands of Wigeon were on show from the hide. These attracted a Great Black-backed Gull which after a couple of low level passes, managed to catch and kill one, I’ve never seen this happen before.
Almost all of the birds in the pictures are Wigeon. There were a handful of Shelduck and Pintail, and the Brent Geese were off in the distance, towards the castle. Some decent size skeins of Barnacle Geese flew over, not sure if these were just arriving or if they have been here for some time.
A Merlin flew through, as did two Fieldfare and a Brambling.
From here I head North to Cocklawburn, just for a look. It was very, very quiet, as was Goswick, Budle Bay and Stag Rocks on the way back South.
So I just keep going until I get to Druridge Bay Country Park, where I call in to see if I can find the Slavonian Grebe that has been reported…
Chris had the bird to himself until I arrived, and in no time I had two hundred pictures of it (most of which got dumped)
So, from here it’s just a short drive to Cresswell. I spend an hour or so watching the Jack Snipe, in the hope that it will get into a position where I can get a decent picture of it; it didn’t do that!