Nice to get out birding this morning after a few days of tiring shifts. Several Wheatears were on the marsh early on – before the Hadrian’s Wall walkers flushed everything in sight. Yep – it’s that time of the year again. Grrr.
Wheatears are always fab birds to see locally. They look smart, and to me they seem to mark the start of spring proper, and, more importantly – they always bring a smile to my face.
At the ‘Stilt Sand’ scrape at Campfield I was surprised to see lots of alba Wagtails – at least 14 White Wags with a handful of Pieds…
A Manx Shearwater and a pale Pom Skua were also seen from here which made me decide to go to the shelter where I joined Nick for an hour or so. Once again amongst the Arctic Terns were three Little Gulls, a 1st summer and 2 adults – what a fantastic spring it’s been on the Solway for these dainty gulls. A dark Arctic Skua and a Bonxie also came through, and a few Whimbrels are knocking about.