A good weekend, with a couple trips out with my visiting parents and our twins paying dividends on the 2012 species list.
On Saturday, we were at Gibside, and although the woodland birds were few and far between (along the paths we managed to get around), the highlight of the day came as we left, and were treated to a very close fly-by from a
121 Red Kite
as we drove out of Rowland's Gill. The bird was swooping low over playing fields, seemingly unnoticed by any passers by (or maybe they are just used to such lovely birds down there). Wasn't able to see any tag, however.
The on Sunday, we went up to Seahouses, and the boats our to the Farnes were running, so we took a trip that stopped off at Inner Farne. New for 2012 were:
124 Arctic tern
Missed out on the roseate terns (which were seen on Inner Farne just before we arrived) and the black guillemot was not around when we were there, but we also saw several small groups of gannet, thousands of guillemot, sandwich tern, b/h gull, gbb gull, lbb gull, herring gull, oystercatcher, turnstone, stock dove, kittiwake, eider, mallard, and swallows