|Red-throated Diver, Druridge Bay|
|Common Scoter flock, Druridge Bay|
|Arctic Skua harrying terns, Druridge Bay|
Saturday, Cresswell Ponds, just after dawn. No sign:
'It was in and out last night so it's only a matter of time'.
10:00. No sign:
'The terns don't come in here until the afternoon apparently'.
11:00. No sign:
'Well it was lunchtime before it turned up yesterday'.
Lunchtime. No sign:
'Perhaps we have to wait for the tide. It's an hour later today.'
12:50. Bird relocated at Saltholme RSPB, Cleveland, 50 miles to the south:
'Told you it was still around!'
13:50. Bird reported flying off:
'It'll be back. Probably just fishing on the estuary.'
14:15. Twitchers arrive en masse from Cresswell. Still no sign:
'It's done this before and come back, apparently'.
16:00. Still no sign. Edifice of denial begins to crumble:
'Not looking good'.
17:00. Still no sign. Close to admitting defeat:
'We'll get another chance - it's obviously heading south.'
18:00: Still no sign:
'Could have been worse, we could have gone to Islay for the Ascension Frigatebird'.
18:30: Bird relocated back in Northumberland:
'You've got to be *%*?*! joking'.
On Sunday morning, the bird was back at Cresswell, perched on the same fence that we were leaning on 24 hours earlier. That's just taking the mick.
|Tree Sparrow, Druridge Bay|
|Roseate Tern, Saltholme RSPB|