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Sunday, 22 November 2015

Hartlepool Purple patch

A good Northerly blow this weekend and as expected a good few Little Auks and stuff were seen along the East Coast yesterday, I had been thinking of going to Scarborough this morning but a late report of a Little Auk in the Fish Quay at Hartlepool prompted me to go there instead on the offchance it may still be there, it wasn’t, just a few Guillemots and a Great Crested Grebe although some Purple Sandpipers and other Waders posed well on the little beach by the Pilots Pier and a Woodcock flew in off. I went off and seawatched for the rest of the morning, there was a steady passage of stuff some of it fairly close, several Red Throated and a single Black Throated Diver flew North, a few Scoter were on the move plus masses of Guillemots and I managed a couple of distant Little Auks, also a Med Gull was blogging. After lunch I went back to the Pilots Pier to see if anything had come in, nothing when I got there but I was informed there had been a report of a Little Auk some 15-20 mins earlier, no sign of that but a while later I picked up three birds flying directly towards the Pier, they unfortunately veered off at the last minute and carried on straight past but at least I got some good close flight views, a few more birders joined me and with more eyes several more fly pasts were noted then I saw a bird fly into the channel on the other side and having landed it drifted back out some 5 mins later, too far to photograph but we had good scope views. Finally accepting there was going to be no posers in Hartlepool today I went off to Seaton Common and ended the day with a couple of Short Eared Owls.
Arriving home and checking the news and pics on Birdguides I soon realised I should have stuck to my original plan, oh well nevermind. 
Waders showing well

particularly Purple Sandpipers


Little Auk flying past

SEO on Seaton Common although little light and distant

Big Bad Moon

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