|The view from my Craster seawatch spot.|
This was too harsh for a Cullernose seawatch so I headed down to Craster where the view point is lower but has a bit of a wind break.
I watched from 09.15 - 10.30am. The passage was unremarkable, being so late in the season, but there was enough to keep the interest going. The list went like this with all birds going North unless otherwise stated.
Wigeon 8 N 9 S
Common Scoter 207
Velvet Scoter 1 fem
Long tailed Duck 3
Red breasted Merganser 2
Goosander 1 adult drake 1
Red throated Diver 1 N 1 S
Great Northern Diver 1
Little Auk 3
All against a light movement of Gannets, Kittiwakes and larger Auks.
|A female Velver Scoter moves N.|
First bird, not a migrant, but a bit of a patch mega these days was a Marsh Tit , calling and showing well, but I couldn't get a photo, it was too quick for me. This site is a Willow Tit hotspot with up to 6 birds present recently so where this lone Marsh has appeared from is anyones guess. A totally unexpected year list addition.
Real migrants were noticeable by their absence, but a few Blackbirds high in a hawthorn over the path were scrutinised. Then I saw that in the middle of them was a lone Waxwing! This will likely be the bird Ben had in the village on Sunday, but as it is a first for 2019 I was well pleased to get it. This makes Waxwing being added to every one of my patch year lists since I moved here in 2009 and this week is a prime time to get one.
Also here 500+ Pink footed Geese flew around to the west.
|Above - Waxwing, an adult male too. It never moved from this spot where every angle was obscured by twigs.|
From 1.10 - 2.10pm I had a nice selection even though most seabird passage had dried up.
Little Auk 6
Pomarine Skua 1 juv very close in, great views.
Common Scoter 7
Dark bellied Brent Geese 6
Long tailed Duck 6
Snow Bunting 1 imm male N then seemed to drop down onto the coast path further north, a good claw back after my off-patch birds on Sunday. 
Raven 1 over head.
So, not a bad day in the field really with 3 patch year ticks. At this late date, I'm sure my listing additions will be coming to a close...
Edit -I have just realised I am on 162, equalling my best year ever, 2010. Can it be, dare I say it... beaten?
Edit 2 - I have just updated my spreadsheet and it puts me on 163! After going through it species by species, I am confused... It looks like the record has been broken!!
|The view south from Cullernose Point, the Howick Bathing House can be seen then Longhoughton Steel behind that.|
|Cullernose, the great whin sill cliff.|
|Goldeneyes and a Red breasted Merganser.|