Drove Mrs Liverbirder to East Woodburn (EW) yesterday afternoon and having dropped her off, travelled on to Bakethin. Quest 1 - the melee of Crossbill/Siskin/Brambling/Chaffinch. Walked up hill and down dale, saw two Crossbills (including a female giving a cone some hammer, which was nice), but Gary Smith's midweek mayhem turned into Milward's weekend whisper. Quest 2 - Goshawk somewhere Kielder-ish. Consistency prevails - nil points! But the weather was superb, so all's not too bad. Popped to Bakethin to check out the river, and on the north side of the bridge noticed a Dipper, motionless on a rock (and it remined so for 10 minutes!).
Back to EW for tea. Then a stroll in the dark, Tawnies everywhere, but could I see (tick) one? And Little Owls too!
But on the drive from EW to Kirk Whelpington, a Tawny was hunting the fields, so not too bad an end to a day with so much potential.