On Sunday 20th September 2015….
at Whitburn, South Tyneside
On checking my twitter after breakfast, I was rewarded with reports of a Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Whitburn; a long distance migrant from North America, which I’ve wanted to catch up with for a long time. Many of my trips to Whitburn have proved unsuccessful, however it’s only a relatively short drive. After persuading Adriana, that our bike ride, would be better another weekend, and how lovely Whitburn was the last time we visited, we were off.
We parked close to the bird hide and immediately started to look for a crowed of birders. No sign, so we asked a local dog walker, who pointed us in the right direction. The bird was relaxing in a ploughed field, fairly close to a small group of about a dozen birders. Adriana took some photos, but it was a little far away and the light was not great.
As we had our hide key with us we then spent a little while in the hide nearby. From here we noted 16 Common Scoter, a Red-throated Diver and about a dozen Guillemots on the sea.