The land of the Sand dancer, South Shields was our main destination as far as i was concerned and brilliant views of the Roseate Terns were had. We filled up the parking meter on arrival and had a sit down coffee before heading out to the pier. Initial sightings to the south side of the pier were had of Guillemots, close in to the beach, then loads of Common Terns. We switched our attention to the northern side and we had our Rosies there. I looked across the Tyne towards Tynemouth wandering why we didn't see these lovely birds on our side of the river and chuckled this morning to see a sighting at the Black Midden rocks today! A few Ruddy Turnstones mingled in amongst the Terns in semi breeding plumage and a bonus bird by way of a Common Sandpiper added to the enjoyment. Boldon Flats was paid a visit on the return home with Curlew and Snipe the highlights in among a number of Greylag Geese which we had seen lift earlier from the fields down the road. A quick hello to JARRA SID who John and i had the pleasure of for an hour with some handy local tips thrown in.
Had the phone and Internet finally installed on Thursday and a new car was gratefully picked up on Wednesday so the days of public transport hopefully have passed. We are creatures of habit and the upheaval of the past few weeks has been awful. I know one thing...........if we ever flood again, god forbid, I WILL BE RESCUING THE CAR BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE !!!!!!!!!
|Beautiful Roseate Tern, just wish John had put more money in the meter.|
|Common Tern with just as Common Sandpiper close by. I don't find either common at all.|