A slightly late post, but we managed to get the patch year list off to a great start on Sunday - seeing a total of 89 species throughout the day. Out first stop was Hadston Carrs where a half hour seawatch resulted in a Long-tailed Duck and Great Northern Diver.
When we pulled up at Chevington the 7 Shore Lark flew over the parking area, while the north pool held a moulty drake Scaup and a scruffy drake Red-breasted Merganser. We were also really pleased to get a flight view of a Bittern - a species which completely eluded us last year.
Druridge Pools produced a single Ruff and Black-tailed Godwit, while the Hen Harrier was once again patrolling the area.
Another nice surprise was a juvenile Glaucous Gull which I picked up flying in off the sea over Hemscott Hill. It cirlced a couple of times before flying back out to sea again. 7 European White-fronted Goose were with the Pink-feet just north of Cresswell. A return visit to Chevington produced 5 more White-fronts flying over north.