That’s where I have been this past week. I was helping Cain out with some tetrads in Cumbria last week. The main highlights were a family party of Pied and Spotted Flycatchers in trees on the same stretch of road near Penrith.
The water level is looking much better at West Hartford and it is surely only a matter of time before they start attracting some decent waders although probably not a good as the Stilt Sandpiper at Low Newton.
Yesterday I was out with SH. Plenty of Med Gulls in the south bay at Newbiggin and a few Roseate Terns on the breakwater rocks.
A Long Tailed Duck presumably the Chevington bird was on Cresswell Pond along with a Ruff, a few Avocet and a couple of Yellow Wagtail.
Was up at Newton this morning with JM watching the Stilt Sandpiper - Lifer. Good but distant views across the back of the scrapes. A few Greenshank were keeping the Sandpiper company as they waded across the scrapes.
Not much else to say really, a very good bird, which we watched for over an hour. No need for record shots.