Yesterday I went up to Low Newton with SH. Whilst looking for the Pectoral Sandpiper on the scrapes a Spotted Redshank landed. The digger had not yet started work and the Pect soon appeared, a Juv Yellow Wagtail was also on the scrape.
We had a quick stop at a quiet Hauxley where the highlight was a Juv Cuckoo, which flew from one side of the reserve to the other.
At Cresswell there were 12 Ruff, Greenshank and a Spotted Redshank amongst the usual waders. A quick look at West Hartford on the way home produced a Juv Wheatear on the fence posts behind the smaller pool. 6 Greenshank were the only waders at Arcot.
Today I went to Saltholme with JM (Birding Sometimes), MB and JB.
On the way we stopped at Shibdon Pond where we just managed to fit into the packed hide. The Spotted Crake was showing distantly against the reeds with three Water Rails around it for comparison.
At Saltholme it didn’t take us long to spot the Whiskered Tern – Lifer at last, sitting on the causeway on West Saltholme Pool. After preening for a while the Tern flew off and hunted over the water where it was mobbed by the local Lapwing.
A Spotted Redshank and Ruff were also on the causeway and 10 Little Egret were on East Salthome as was the Black Necked Grebe amongst a group of Coot.
Good company, good birds and a good breakfast at the visitor s centre, all is forgiven Teesside.