Bit of a catch up form the last few days. Out for a while with SH on Wednesday morning starting at Bothal pond. Three juvenile Great Crested Grebe and a couple of Pochard the highlight there. Next it was onto Linton. 375 Canada Geese were on the larger pond form the hide along with 54 Greylags. A few gammy looking geese were amongst the flock including a Canada/Greylag hybrid and a Canada/Barnacle hybrid as well as a strange thin necked white headed Canada goose.
In the sun trap by the old feeding station a late brood of recently fledged Bullfinch, multiple Chiffchaff and a Willow Tit were soaking up the rays.
Cresswell was dead so Druridge Pools was next. 15 Pink Footed Geese flew south over the dunes as we got out the car.In total 80+ Pink Feet went over the pools. A single Black tailed Godwit was on the pool form the Oddie hide and 4 Stonechat were in the dunes.
On friday I got out to St.Mary's with JM for the American Golden plover- lifer. It was initially amongst the group of goldies on the rocks in Hartley Bay but as the tide rose it moved off the the Island near the hide where we had our best views.