There's a small and very friendly 'battle' between me and my mentor and birding chummy Gary 'Vipers' Smith. Mine's longer than his (year list, that is!).
Early start today - 08:00 at Long Nanny for the terns. Twenty pairs of Little'uns (Little Tern - 179), 700 pairs of Arctics (one posed for me as below). Bonser!!
Then off to Stag Rock, sea like a mill pond, covered in auks, and added Puffin and Razorbill (watch it, Gary, now over 180!).
Spent a little time at Budle Bay, met by Steve Holliday, and we scanned for the Kite but alas no joy.
Then off south, and more local to home, Reed Warbler showing exceptionally well.
Come on Vipers, get your optics out!
And remembered to capture an image of my favourite road signs. I snigger each time I see it!! My other juvenile sign-related smiles are generated by adulterations to Shilbottle and Lunt (a small 'hamlet' a mile away from my Liverpool home) and best of all, on entering Powburn on the 697 pre-General Election, a Conservative Vote For Change banner read Vote For Minge! Here. here!