Today was dull and calm but quite warm.
Have you ever been 'gripped' by a non birding friend or relative? Well today I have.
Much to my shame I have not seen Glossy Ibis in Britain. Yes, I know one has been in the north west now for a year but I haven't bothered my arse to go on the twitch. A few years ago while on holiday on Portland Bill I twitched the bird that had been living at Topsham and dipped, so that was about as close as I've been.
Today, my non-birding brother sent me a text to say he had been out for the day and that he had not only seen the aforementioned bird at Marshside, but also a Great White Egret just to back it up!
Oh well, I'm due to visit him down in 'that there Manchester' in the coming weeks so if the Ibis hangs around he can make another trip for it!
Today a couple of brief birding stops before work and lunchtime had -
Foxton Bends, Alnmouth -
1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 2 Greenshank, 1 Kingfisher, 23 Teal and 3 Stock Doves.
Castle Island, River Wansbeck -
1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 3 juv Black tailed Godwit, 1 Snipe and 3 Dunlin, 2 Goosander and 30 Teal.
Bothal Pond -
Loads of birds but all common species, 7 Little Grebe, 11 Wigeon, 13 Gadwall, 1 Pochard, several Shoveler and Tufted Duck, 1 Barnacle Goose with 150+ Canada /Greylag Geese, 300+ each of Lapwing and Starling.
No visit to Boulmer today, must catch up at the weekend.