Year has been brilliant so far, with many highlights. But I am still adamant that you can't really beat a nice day out locally enjoying the stuff in your own county. Today was one example, I was out with Kieran Lawrence and Derek Lawrence. We started off at Roker Pier where the adult Iceland Gull put on quite a show and I managed (compared to other peoples amazing shots) some poor photos of the Iceland Gull. I love gulls (surprise!) so I always enjoy a good white winger'. From here we headed down to Teesside and out port of call was Seal Sands where we enjoyed nice views of Grey Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit, and Brent Geese amongst the other fantastic birds present. Another call in at Ward Jackson Park (my second visit this year) produced some cracking views and photo opportunities for the Ring-necked Parakeets which performed well. A dodge up to an uncisclosed site produced 2 Peregrine Falcon displaying, Sparrowhawk, Kestrels, Common Buzzards and a Hen Harrier (though I didn't see this). Cracking day!