On Saturday 11th June 2016
After a rainy visit to the Wansbeck Estuary, I finally caught up with the Bonaparte’s Gull, which was close to the A189 Bridge, over the River Wansbeck. After only ten minutes, it was disturbed by someone passing in the mud, wearing waders, and it flew off, landing closer to the coast.
Next, I drove up to Druridge Bay, and the shelter of the bird hides. Druridge was alive with the chorus of Warblers this Saturday, with Chiffchaffs, Whitethroats and Willow, Sedge and Reed Warblers. All were showing extremely well. They were very friendly today, at times coming very close.
There was also several pairs of Stonechats. No sign of the reported Great White Egret at Druridge Pools, but this is still in the area and had been recorded earlier in the day.