The first yellow-browed warblers of the year turned up today, with one towards the golf club (Kev Wilson) and one at Syke’s farm (Richard Doan). The locals had done me again, I searched for one of my own without luck but found a couple of flycatchers.
It was a strange kind of day, foggy all morning, seawatching was out of the question. Starting off on Tennyson,s an arctic skua appeared out of the mist, almost in touching distance! This bird hung around all day, I saw it later over the path near the mere and others saw it on Jacksons. The fog lifted on the reserve, a brisk north easterly wind blew and it got very hot. It was a weird combination. The fog stayed on the sea all day, it was just like a good old Northumbrian sea-fret.
6 spoonbills, 2 curlew sands, 15 snipe, 3 spotted redshanks, 7 ruff and 100+ black-tailed godwits were on the scrapes. Pied fly and spotfly were in the sycamores opposite Syke’s entrance and another pied fly was with the first yellow-brow. A few willow warblers and blackcaps around.