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|