Saturday I went up to Newbiggin to check out the 4 Black Redstarts that seemed faithful to a short stretch of beach , not the best of days very dull but at least not raining , birds located fairly quickly by just walking along the top of the dunes , but I could only get three and it took most of the afternoon to finally get a total of four . I also tried a short seawatch with only a few Wigeon and two Velvet Scoter as visibility was some what restricted , talking to AMc he picked up a Grey Phalarope as it crossed the headland and seemed to drop in the bay but it was not relocated .
Sunday we also called in to Newbiggin with the report of a Glaucous Gull on the breakwater and it was also a much brighter day , so I thought I would go around for the Redstarts but when I got around the area they where frequenting was in shadow anyway so I checked out the beach where a concentration of birds where feeding on the shoreline . A quick look through and I picked out at least 12 Med Gulls in with the mass of Black Headed, Turnstone , Redshank and Sanderling , I could only see one Med with a colour ring on , several attempts made to get the number but without success
At least five Med Gulls in this shot by far the best place in Northumberland to see these fantastic looking Gulls