An early morning venture to Killingworth didn't produce the Ferruginous Duck, but a couple of Scaup were nice. Up north, the drake Ring-necked Duck relocated to East Chevington, distantly mixing with the Slavonian Grebe and Whooper Swans...
Its' not been a very SEO winter, so news of returning birds up the coast enabled a post nightshift wander. Up to three in the air at once, parading in front of a steady stream of owlers'... Peregrine stationed on the usual spot too.
Other fodder on ofter - Pacific Diver (awake, contrary to recent reports), Slavonian Grebe, plenty of Great-crested Grebe in their finery, Scaups a many, and a couple of Avocet.
Little Egret continue nearer home, with 4 on 5th March and 2 on 10th March.
Back in 2008 I was fortunate enough to be able to twitch the UKs first Pacific Diver in Yorkshire on 12th January. Roll on nine years and with a handful of other UK records, Northumberland scores one!
It was cold and frosty morning at East Chevington, and despite sometimes being the closest bird in the north east corner of the pool, the diver was always a tad too distant, as the eastern side was frozen.
A couple of fly arounds granted opportunity for a couple of images ...
And I was quite happy with that... so off to the beach for a catch up with the 7 Shorelark - feeding at the burn mouth alone with c45 Twite. Nice day.
Heading back to the car a message came through that the diver had moved to nearby Druridge Bay County Park - it would be rude not to look...
It was apparent that the diver was heading to the western corner, so with some initiative (as many had, it transpires) the camera was set up near the stepping stones. I was quietly optimistic - previous encounters with Black-throated Diver at Tynemouth had been really rewarding, as feeding tended to be close to the edge, fearless of man watching a few feet away.