And don't we know it!! Out sharp-ish with the dog and the year's first Chiffchaff heard in the trees to the SW of the WHBP r/about. Did not see it, so no tick. After a quick poo/pee stroll (the dog, not me!), out up north for a few hours of feathers. And then the heavens really opened. Great. Four, care-free, conscience-free hours ahead and p*ssin' down and cold.
You know when you're a sh*t birder when you are looking over the north pool of East Chev and Birdguides tells you you should be seeing two Sand Martins and a Jack Snipe and you see nowt. Plenty of other waterfowl and gulls tho', just no year ticks. I know, there's more to life than bloody lists.
Druridge Pools - Snipe all over, never seen so many. Plenty of ducks too, the best being a pair of Pintail (Crammy Birder - get there fast).
Cresswell was Dodos-ville - dead!
Linton Ponds were both quiet, apart from a Goosander (dare I say, a year tick!).
Bothal Pond was so full it was nearly over the road, and had the usual ducks and a few Canadas too.
And a quick trawl through the woods where the Chiffchaff had been showed nothing to eye or ear.
And now Birdguides shows TWO Jacks. I give up!!!!