And now the better news.
Semi-palmated Sandpiper at Greatham (consolation prize):
Pectoral Sandpiper at Castle Lake:
And today, early start (via Maccy D's), and to Sleddale/Commondale. Windy, cold, clear and occasionally bright. It took until 11:00 am for the first Rough-legged Buzzard to show, from the chevrons, arriving from the north over the tumulus and after two failed attempts at catching Red Grouse, it landed on the west side of a tall conifer along Sleddale Beck (so out of sight). A second Rough-legged Buzzard arrived a wee while later and had a dogfight with a Common Buzzard. Also seen were Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Merlin and Peregrine by the time I left at 12:30pm.
The one that got away:
Seen the hunted, now the hunters: