A trip to the fish quay N Shields was disappointing. Despite hundreds of gulls in Druridge Bay (over the sea, in the fields and visiting the ponds) there were very few at he quayside.
This Little Gull wasn't enjoying the rain.
2nd winter Mediterranean Gull, DBCP.
Trying to be 'spotless'
Just as thoughts of an early lunch crossed my mind this stunning bird flew past me and landed in the reeds. Unusually for me it let me get a couple of snaps.
During the last few days I've seen some impressive birds; Marsh Harrier, Peregrine, Merlin, Kestrel,
Short-eared Owl and Barn Owl but the Kingfisher tops them all.
Tried to put the two grebes side by side but failed. The Black-necked didn't linger but the Slavonian was still around today.
Chevington Cemetery (South Broomhill) always a good place for wintering thrushes.
Finally more pictures of a Water Pipit. Today this one was at Druridge (from the Budge Screen). Other birds of note were the Skylarks at Newbiggin and a Meadow Pipit at Chev (not easy to find in January).