January is usually my favourite month for wandering around the county. Visits to Chevington may drop to only three a week (aaagh).
In the last week or so I have made visits to: Newbiggin, Wallington, Hartburn, Boulmer, Harwood Forest, Longhoughton, Howick Hall and Amble.
You'll have to zoom in to get the details; white outer tail, rich brown rump, bold supercillium and almost unstreaked lower flanks. A very easy bird to spot in flight but not approachable. On the same day up to 24 Rock Pipits and at least one Scandi (litorallis) bird.
Common Crane (adult)
Seemingly present since well before the New Year.
(Adult male winter plumage)
Male above, Female below.
Another long stayer and faithful to a short stretch of beach/cliff.
3000+ in the Druridge area.