Today first thing was cool and overcast with a hint of drizzle in odd spots. I headed off to work early to call in at Linton to see if the White Stork was still there. I reckoned that it wasn't going anywhere until the air warmed up to a nice 'soaring' level.
I met up with Trev Blake who was also looking for it. Although he had called in at 6.10am the bird was no where to be seen. We then got a pager message to say that it had still been roosting on the pylon at 6.05! We checked the likely looking froggy hunting spots without luck.
At work at 9.30, a message came through to tell me that the Stork was back on a distant pylon. I knew it hadn't gone far, although it could be back in Europe for all the good it was to me now. Later on, near lunchtime, it was seen flying south over the Tyne at Newburn for the last time... This is a bit of a habit now for me. I might call this new sport Stork Dipping. I have now missed 3 or 4 White Storks and 2 Black Storks in recent years.
Back at home this evening two House Martins were hawking insects overhead, the first I've seen this year. We walked around Seaton Point but there was no trace of yesterdays Black Redstart and still no Sandwich Terns.