In poor light for a change it did give me the opportunity to have a look at the Rock Pipit about down there. Two-three were around the bay north of the causeway and as Mike Hodgson had highlighted in a conversation a few weeks back at least one of these was pale and less sullied looking than the typical petrosus. I found it interesting that once again this bird was the most aggressive, repeatedly chasing off one of the petrosus that came into the area around the gully, very similar behaviour to that displayed by the individual I photographed in January at Newbiggin that I believed to be littoralis.
This one looking very brown & worn around the remiges & tail feathers.
The paler individual with less sullied underparts and a hint of supercilium and brighter eye ring. Petrosus variation or littoralis?
I did find a nice Snow Bunting feeding around the path edge at the top of the causeway, I've not seen this bird reported at all so I'm not sure if it's new or just considered not newsworthy. It was reasonably confiding, although the best results were obtained by lieing down and waiting as usual, thankfully the dog walkers stayed away as there is nothing worse than suddenly attracting the attention of off the lead dogs whilst your trying your best to blend into the tarmac.
I called in at Blyth South Harbour on the way back north, nothing exciting, the Shed 17 wader roost was impressive with a c300 strong mixed flock of Dunlin & Ringed Plover about 70% Dunlin. A brief stop at Lynemouth Flash to look for Pipits, yielded only five Pied Wagtail. Cresswell Pond was full of water but a Barn Owl hunting in the early afternoon was added to the Self-found List to bring up the 100 for 2010. Never close and mist beginning to return a record shot was all that was possible.