Tonight I clocked off work an hour early to join the assembled masses on Church Point, Newbiggin. I was once a true regular here but since migrating north, I only visit once or twice a year. Now I like to think of myself as 'an old hand'...no remarks out there please...
Between 4pm and 6pm in a light N3 in ideal viewing dull overcast conditions, we had -
Manx Shearwater 113 N
Arctic Skua 7
Mediterranean Gull 3, 2fw and a 2w
Whimbrel 1 S
Arctic Tern 1 ad N
Red throated Diver 2 on the sea
Bonxie 5 N
Sabine's Gull 1 ad summer N, oh yes, a cracker. Later seen at Druridge by Ipin.
Common Scoter 16 N
Scaup 1 drake N with Common Scoter.
Red necked Grebe 1 in partial summer plumage on the sea close in.
Teal 11 N
Sooty Shearwater 1 N
Puffin 6+ N
Comiserations to RF who missed the Sabine's TWICE in two hours. The call of 'Large shearwater' went up too just as I was scoping the Sabine's, but no one could clinch its id as it was too far north ...
A good way to spend two hours I think...