The last couple of days have seen a definite change in the daily routine, with the focus switching increasingly from migrants to the breeding birds. The wind has also switched to a less than helpful light northerly, which seems to have temporarily at least scuppered our chance for a good spring to be capped with an outrageous rare. With Hartlepool scooping the headline bird again and frequent messages from my erstwhile colleagues on the Farne Islands as they enjoy an excellent run of migrants (see http://farnephoto.blogspot.co.uk/ for pics of a cracking male Rustic Bunting today), along with a few decent birds turning up on Shetland, there's certainly been the incentive for keeping going, but the migrants have been a bit thin on the ground here.
|The Wood Sandpiper at Da Water has showed well at times.|
|The breeding season is slower up here than in a lot of the UK, but several species now have chicks, including Mallards with this brood seen on Da Water on Thursday.|