I went to the Northumberland and Tyneside Bird Club Meeting tonight to hear an excellent talk by Huw Lloyd about Peru - another place added the list of places to go!
Anyhoo, that aside, shortly after arriving at the venue, Trevor Blake and Tim Dean, our County Recorder tootle over to me, Tim casually announces that he had been watching a BITTERN..yes BITTERN at Druridge Pools at lunchtime today. Not a flyover, commuting between Cresswell and Chevington either, this was sat out on the Budge fields in front of the screen hide.
See the NTBC sighting page for the gruesome truth!
For some reason, Birdguides wouldn't put he news out? I've given Tim my mobile number.
This wouldn't be a just a patch tick for me, this is almost certainly a new bird for the patch.
I'm off to cry myself to sleep.