Saturday, 10 December 2011

A morning out and about

Spent the morning down at Hartlepool Headland in the hope I would catch up with the Great Northern Divers which had showed up mid-week ish and also get some better views of the Grey Phalarope. Sadly the latter species was conspicuous by its absence. Was good to catch up with some local and not so local birding mates. As is regular a good bit laugh was had, and during the conversations the Slender-billed Curlew crept in as did the "rokerjoker". 2 Great Northern Divers put on a really good show as did a Red-throated Diver and the local Gulls were a constant source of entertainment. Nothing really out of the ordinary apart from a Glaucous Gull, it put in a very brief appearance by flying over the pub next to the Andy Capp statue before flying out over the town and being lost to view. A self-find for me and Chris (Northumberland birder, can't remember your last name. Ooops), spotted the bird at pretty much the same time. Was quite a humorous moment when we both went "Glaucous" at the same time.

A very nice morning out. Great Northern Diver takes me to 240 in Durham for this year.

(Great Northern Diver - © Ian Forrest)

Until next time, Foghorn out!

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