On a roll, the next milestone was three figures for the year, so two easy ticks of the Iceland Gull at Blyth and the Redpolls at Havannah NR. Easy! B*llocks!
Despite three birders leaving the port telling me it was there, could I locate it? Could I sh*te! I spent an age looking at the dapper Herring Gulls, the 'best bib'n'tucker' Cormorants as both are getting suited up for the Spring
Next time you visit Blyth, try and get a look on the roof of the first yellowy transit shed (No 17). Today, it had 250 waders on it, a mix of Dunlin and Ringed Plover. A-bloody-mazing!!!
After spending too much of the day-release period at Blyth, Havannah was too far, so Seaton Sluice to try and add another two to the ongoing 98. Failed again - added a Guillemot and watched a large (larger than a Manx) all-dark Shearwater flying north but far out; wing beats were slower than a Manxie too, but distance and light meant I wouldn't have a clue as to what it was.
99 please, sir!