Still very cold over the last two days though signs are that its getting milder with gales forecast soon. Yesterday was -5 in the freezing fog.
At lunchtime yesterday a short stop at Castle Island to see if the Iceland Gull was there drew a blank but there were about a couple of hundred assorted gulls on the frozen river. In with the Commons and Black headeds were 2 Lesser black backed Gulls, my first of the year. LBBG's are very scarce in the county in winter with only a few remaining to winter. When they do, they are usually at inland spots like tips or country parks and even Cramlington town holds the odd one occasionally. Any inexperienced birders out there checking your gulls double check any LBBG's between November and February. They usually return any time after Valentines day...
Today, I stopped twice, once on the way to work and again on the way home to scan the gulls in the fields at New Moor Tip ( between Ashington and Ellington). Although this will be the source of the Linton Glaucs I didn't see any during a short stop, but there must have been a thousand Herring Gulls, so I didnt really do them justice.
An early finish and I was home in time to walk Bunty around the Boulmer North End. Not much doing , 18 Dunlin, 3 Grey Plovers, 101 Curlew, 1 male Goldeneye, 2 Wigeon, 4 Shelduck and 2 Shags flew N.
I see that there is a Lunar eclipse tonight. Unfortunately the cloud is the thickest its been for a week.