I planned to go look for twite but the pager having announced a sizable flock of waxwings at Norton Grange [Billingham] Barry and I headed there first. The light was mediocre at best. I tried a few flight shots and would probably have been pleased with the results if the sun had shone... We headed off to Seaton Snook. At the car park I spotted a pair of male stonechats.
On our walk out to the estuary twite were seen along with a mix of other species on the water. The twite weren't easy to approach. This shot is cropped from the same standpoint as the one above:-
The next two photos were from a closer position before they flew off across towards South Gare.
We only planned a short outing and at this time of year the light soon fails - or never gets going at all!!
Again Barry and I headed out for the day. We began at Swillington Ings and walked round the peripheral path. Quite early on we saw a group of 3 pintail and a goldeneye. Also seen were reed buntings... ...and shovelers...
...and a great crested grebe.
At Welwick we dipped on the pallid harrier but enjoyed good views of sparring short-eared owls plus marsh harrier, hen harrier and a few other more everyday birds.
Marsh harrier and mute swan. The Queen of Holderness [St. Patrick's Church - Grade I listed gothic] from the saltmarsh.
The light was rather good for a change - as long as the birds were coming from the right direction as the sun was soon low in the sky.
A robin bade us farewell in the fading afternoon light.