A trip to RSPB Saltholme never disappoints

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On the evening of the 18th February 2016….

On arrival, I asked a member of RSPB staff if the Penduline Tit’s which had been recorded at this site for the past week were showing.  “Yes she said, I saw them myself ten minutes ago“.  Filled with excitement, I made my way to the watchpoint hide.  Everyone in the hide had a big smile on their face and there was plenty of room, as I quickly located the days prize.  Two Penduline Tit’s, showing very well from the hide.  Great views, great life tick and I was very happy.

The rest of the reserve was fairly busy today with many enjoying the sunny weather.  During my walk, I noted a couple of Stonechats and it was nice to see a small group of Pochards.  No sign for me of any Long-eared Owls or Bittern today, however the walk was relaxing.  Good numbers of wildfowl were on the freshwater.

On my drive home, I stopped off at Jackson’s Landing, Hartelpool, where I year ticked the visiting Glaucous Gull.  The bird was sitting on the water, infront of the Premier Inn.

Finally after driving through the Tyne Tunnel, I stopped off at Tynemouth Haven, where i quickly year-ticked the long staying Black Redstart.

So three good birds, Penduline Tit, Glaucous Gull and Black Redstart.  A great selection.