Today started out well in that my decision to start local and move north (I usually do the opposite) was vindicated. Within seconds of entering the SE field at Arcot, BINGO, Grasshopper Warbler. Loads of Willow Warblers, Chiffchaff and Reed Buntings, 13 Mute Swans and pairs of Canada Geese and GC Grebe plus the usual suspects.
And there the excitement ends, dear Reader.
For the river at Blyth, whilst very busy, was 'routine', the highlight a female RBM, Castle Island was a gull fest but no more and Bothal Pond was too full (of water, not birds).
The Pools were deathly (a Tufties convention), Cresswell similar (I did tick Twite) and East Chev likewise.
Yesterday, when today's troubles seemed so far away, Allott's Owl was performaing well in the evening at WHBP, and several male Blackcaps were getting closer to my garden but not enough to merit a Garden List!