Ive been missing out on a few birds of late, Ravens at Tynemouth, Snow Bunting at St Marys, Olive Backed pipit at Sunderland, serves me right for twitching, but its been a quiet Autumn with all these west winds. So apart from a few birding jaunts its mainly been a cultural tour of our wonderful museums and galleries.
Friday found me at the Hancock, ( you can stuff your Great North Museum) for a talk by Richard Crossley, author of the Crossley Guides. Entertaining, enthusiastic, encompassing speaker, great to hear such a dynamic birder for a change.
A trip to Big Waters solved the problem of where all the birds from Killy Lake have gone, they are all here, so whats gone wrong at Killy, ?. Still a few Migrant Hawkers on the wing, and 3 Otters put on a brief show, with a foxin the feeding station early on. Did miss the brief fly-by by the Kingfisher, so another dip for moi.