Another trip out yesterday produced a few more birds. A Wheatear at Newbiggin was the first proper migrant, and was followed by a smart Little Ringed Plover at Cresswell. Also at Cresswell was a Water Rail, Red-breasted Merganser and a funny goose which resembled a Lesser White-fronted Goose, but the white on the forehead didn't extend far enough back and it was perhaps a little too big.
There was further quality at Chevington with the long-staying Red-necked Grebe and Black-throated Diver still on the North Pool. The Grebe was already acquiring summer plumage, and if it stays another few weeks it will certainly look pretty smart. 3 Long-tailed Ducks were also still there, with another Red-breasted Mergansers and 2 Avocets flew over.
Finally 2 Sand Martins were at Bothal Pond on the way back.
|Scandinavian Rock Pipit (?)|
|Great Black-backed Gull|