A bit of year ticking at Teesside today with Mark, we started at Ward Jackson Park in Hartlepool where we were soon on to several of the noisy Ring Necked Parakeets that reside there also quite a few Nuthatches made their presence felt, we then moved on to the Headland but there were no White Winged Gulls at the Fish Quay, only Red Throated Divers off the Pilots Pier although a Purple Sandpiper posed on the rocks there and just Eider and Common Scoter off Parton Rocks. Jacksons Landing surprisingly held nothing but we fared better at nearby Newburn Bridge where we got super views of the wintering Black Redstart and the usual Med Gull was sat on its lamppost. Next up was Zinc Works Road where the single Greenland and six Eurasion White Fronted Geese were still on Seaton Common then it was on to Cowpen Bewley Woodland Park for the Ring Necked Duck but after hearing negative reports from other birders we decided not to bother and went to Saltholme instead, a Water Rail was showing well from the Wildlife Watchpoint hide and a good selection of Geese on Back Saltholme included a small flock of Barnacle and two Tundra Bean. We ended the day at Dormans Pool watching a hunting Short Eared Owl.
a Pied Wagtail kept it company
immature Greenland (left) and Eurasion White Fronts