I popped over to Newbiggin Beach this afternoon with my husband who ended up being my personal photographer because apparently the sky was too flat for photographs what ever that means!!!!!. Also tagging along was my lesser spotted teenager who was constantly whinging in my ear, but overall it was good to get out and about again. My sightings today included; Redshank this one just around the corner from Church Point, Black Headed Gulls, Herring Gulls and a couple of Cormorants just off the shore. I was delighted when I thought I had identified a Snipe through my not so good binoculars and was busy looking through my bird guide when it flew away. To my horror when we got back and down loaded the images I was proved wrong once again and the bird was deinately not a Snipe but a most fabulous Curlew. Never mind I was wrong this time but at least I had a good time trying to look through my binoculars whilst balancing my bird guide on my knee and in my defence it was quite far away. All you experienced birders are probably having a hoot at my expense but well I laugh with you because I have made some blunders and no doubt will make loads more.
Other sightings included a Heron, I have seen a Heron on this stretch of beach once before so it obviously likes it here and I am sure I saw a Turnstone just of the shore on a rock. Didn't get a good look and the photo didn't come out but last time I was at Newbiggin was on Boxing Day and I identified my very first Turnstone just around the corner from Church Point, so I am pretty sure of this one. Back to work on Monday, can't wait till the Easter holidays when I plan to get out and about a lot more.