The last few days of apparently 'poor weather' has added several new species for the year in the county. A drake Garganey and a Little Egret at Druridge Pools both of which were perfect for that well worn info service lingo 'elusive' at times. I've put in a few hours early morning sea-watching and despite decent numbers of passage skuas and Black Terns to the south none of these have materialised off Newbiggin. Despite that I have had some moments, an adult Little Gull blogging offshore with terns and 3 Scaup during one session. Four Red-throated Divers during another.
This morning I found a Hooded Crow at Hemscott Hill early doors mooching around the sheep feeders at the top of the hill. Nearby in the field just north of the causeway at Cresswell Pond a White Wagtail pottered around. Earlier two Swifts were punctual in arriving at the end of April as they moved north over Druridge Pools. Later this morning I counted 8 above the Wansbeck at Castle Island.