I went up to Hartlepool with one especial target in mind coupled with a general day's birding. I had a good day...
Phil Stead hide at Saltholme was very busy and the yellowlegs [already seen a few times] was miles away. A ruff came close.
Two roe deer woke everyone up.
Lifeboat Station was a bird free zone.
But snapdragon still flowering nicely in late October.
I walked out to Seaton Snook hoping to run into some twite. This happened quite soon after starting my dune walk.
Quit a few birds bear coloured rings.
Purple sandpipers, turnstones, sanderling and redshank on the Headland shoreline.
Back at the car I saw a kestrel up but a long way off.
It landed on a fence post so I set off along the path parallel to the golf course. I could get nearer without disturbing the bird, I hoped.
I was watching when it took off. This gave the camera a chance to show off...
I tried to keep track until it disappeared.
Cowpen Bewley for a sit down on a log. Brambling seen briefly along with great-spotted woodpecker. Jay was my highlight.