It hasn't been all moths, I managed to spend 14 hours in the field on Thursday much of it on the eastern side of Wark Forest, followed by a spell on Plenmeller and a couple of hours in Slaley Forest. Lots of juvenile Crossbills roaming about in feeding parties, a day count of 25+ 'Northumbrian' Honey Buzzards. Great views of a female Merlin hunting from a fence line, good numbers of Tree Pipit and a brief, loud. close and extremely frustrating 30 second burst of churring from a Nightjar that slipped away unseen into the night.
Castle Island was quiet on Friday after which I spent a happy hour working through a 200 strong flock of Herring Gulls feeding on sand eels trapped in a beach pool trying to turn any of them into something more interesting than argenteus.
Figure of Eighty
'Northumbrian' Honey Buzzard (aka Common Buzzard)
A decent vantage