Overhead hundreds of Swallows moving south today, at least several hundred per hour throughout the morning. A strong passage of Meadow Pipits too though nothing like the Swallow numbers. On the ground the frequent showers were dropping birds in, best of the bunch was a juvenile Whinchat amongst four Stonechats (though I doubt the latter have come far). A Common Whitethroat was in some dune scrub and several Chiffchaffs fed in nearby gorse.
One or two of the showers were pretty heavy and I took a bit of a hammering on the water front, I might have been less wet if I'd waited them out in the sea.
With an extra hour available this week I decided to call into the north end of Hadston Carrs and walked to the Ponteland Hide. I took the back road through Amble to take a quick look around the dunes north of Hauxley. A small flock of Pied Wagtails, 16 in total fed on the grass just south of Amble. I stopped and diligently went through them one by one muttering , 'pied, pied,pied,pied,....' 16 times as I went. At the Ponteland Hide nine Little Grebes appeared to be a family party as they dived amongst weed close to the hide and five Dunlins were the only waders. With the tide now in I checked the north end of the beach, stacked with seaweed there were a few birds feeding, a couple of Rock Pipits and a couple of Pied Wagtails. My reward for diligence came with what looks like an adult female White Wagtail feeding in the same area as the Pieds. Crap shots as I was phonescoping but enough to get the gist I think.
Total Distance: 4.22 miles