A gentle late morning wander around part of the moor at Newbiggin was never going to be uber-exciting given the wind direction. A few Willow Warblers were dotted around the estate willows and the Ash Lagoon scrub as were a couple of Common Whitethroats. Bird of the day was a single juvenile Whinchat perched up on the fence at the bottom edge of the gorse that briefly ignited hope of better prospects.
A small flock of hirundines mainly juvenile Swallows with a few Sand Martins and the odd House Martin fed and perched wherever they could on the east-facing side of the Ash Lagoon. Probably 50-60 in number they preened and were reasonably confiding if you sat still for a while. At least two of the flock had darker reddish underparts showing good contrast with the more typical off-white of most Swallows.
One or two Small Coppers on the wing today too but keeping low in the brisk breeze.