Several failed attempts to relocate the December Black Reds but eventually one was tracked down after being reported at Blyth. Then of course the Tynemouth bird also reappeared. Tynemouth did provide a different close encounter. A Woodcock flew straight towards me at head high, it curved over my shoulder and into a wooded compound.
A day at Budle Bay and Stag Rocks provided lots of wonderful spectacles. Hundreds of Shelduck, Fabulous Long-tailed Ducks and 12 Snow Buntings.
Chevington provided at least two reliable spots for the wintering Water pipits. Two flight views of a Bittern were special. Hoping one day I'll look from this hide, find it on the ground and get a photo. The Slavonian Grebe continues to show well but the Black-necked Grebe is proving harder to find.
The feeders around the bay are starting to attract more birds. The country park has a flock of 12 Lesser Redpolls and a couple of Willow Tits.
At home the 4 Tree Sparrows have returned after a two week absence and have now joined the 14 strong House Sparrow flock. A Long-tailed Tit was a brief but welcome visitor. Finally a Little Owl is back at its favoured haunt at High Chibburn Farm.