On the 20th May 2017….
I got the chance to go birding again this Saturday. I considered going for the Red-necked Phalarope, which had been found again at Grindon Lough, however after last year’s two dips, and the previous years, poor distance views after three hours in the rain I was not mega keen to be honest. Been a while since I’d been that wet! This decision, was wise in the end, as the whole day contained constant rain showers, which were often heavy.
Instead, I found myself yet again at Druridge Pools, which is looking great for birds now. There had been a Temminck’s Stint earlier in the week, so I was busy searching through the waders. Yellow Wagtails were again a highlight, with at least five present today; three of which came close to the south hide, as two males were fighting over a female. They must have liked her lots, as they were putting lots of effort into it.
On the larger lake, a selection of birds, came close to the hide, spying me as they went past in pairs. First was a pair of Great Crested Grebes, followed by two Little Grebes, two Tufted Ducks, a pair of Mallards and a pair of Shoveler.
There were also about half a dozen Lapwings, some of which came to say hello!