The weather today was mostly too rough for birding with heavy rain and fog most of the day. In the occasional drier spells I was glad to get back down to Boulmer after a weeks absence.
At the north end this morning Rob and myself got a good soaking looking for a flushed passerine that we feel was a juv Red backed Shrike, though we didnt manage to relocate it. Rob later found a Yellow browed Warbler just outside my boundary at Alnmouth Golf Course.
In the afternoon a good search of the front, seaton point and the caravan site wood yielded 1 Tree Pipit showing well on fence posts (143), 1 Blackcap, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Whitethroat, 20+ Robins, 100+ Goldfinch and 4 juv Ruff in the field south of the caravan site with curlews (144).
Elsewhere 1 Red throated Diver flew south and a Grey Plover was on the beach.
After a dismal month on the patch, its nice to get a couple of new birds at last.