First port of call was Cowpen Bewley where we saw the Ring-necked Duck drake that has been giving people the run around. I had dipped it 2 times but finally bagged it today, didn't ring its neck don't panic!
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(Ring-necked Duck - Andrew Kinghorn)
I also got this video of a 1st winter Common Gull, I like my gulls!
After the superb Ring-necked Duck we headed off for Greatham Creek where I added Shelduck and Black-tailed Godwit to the year list. Nothing much else around other than the usual waders and a 2 nice Little Grebe at Seal Sands. A check around Zinc Works road revealed nothing ;)
Final stop was Hartlepool Headland where after about 10 minutes my mate picked up the Red-necked Grebe up quite close. A nice county and year tick! A nice Rock Pipit was really close but video shy, but a more obliging bird I managed to capture a couple of seconds of video off.
No Coues' Arctic Redpolls for me today I am afraid, gave Rainton a rest I will be ready for some more of those smashing Redpolls soon!
Until next time Foghorn out!