Congratulations to Boulmer Birder for being the 'first footer' as this blog's hits pass 1000. The prize I offer is the warm glow in knowing that he has moved the site forward from three figures to four.
The only benefit of working at Ponteland is the ease with which I can sneak off to respond to 'Brambling at Bolam' or 'Nightingale at Angerton' (although the latter was never ticked, some crackin' Redstarts were).
Now add to my deviousness, 'Great Northern Diver at Whittle Dene'.
Got up this morning and puked, but being the steadfast public servant I am, I went to work despite feeling sh*te, stomach churning, face burning and hands and feet freezin'.
So at noon, I decided to take a half day and a handful of tablets washed down by a Lemsip but before doing so, a detour to The Dene to tick the GND. What a cracker, if not a little distant.
Silly tw*t that I am, after my trip the the homeland at the weekend, I forgot to move the kit from garage to car boot so only had the bins. Met two sound chaps there, the legendary Tom Tams and another guy who gave me a few views through his scope.
On the way home, Common Buzzard v 6 Crows further along the Military Road and female Sparrowhawk into the grounds of Ponteland Middle School.
Freekin' chilly', but superb!