Didn't do much birding early January as, after getting burgled by some piece of scum just after Christmas, the Duchess and I have been busy making our home a lot more secure, so again, when Steve James messaged me with "I see the Black Scoter has returned to its winter grounds at Goswick in Northumberland" ( this bird owed us one, as Steve, John Hague and I had 'dipped' it a couple of years ago) so we decided to try again for it. On 24th of January we made the 250 mile trip to sunny Northumberland, parking up at the golf course clubhouse. We were ready to walk the mile or so south to where the news service had last reported it, but luckily, we bumped into another birder we knew - Dan Pointon - who told us it was just north of the golf clubs' clubhouse. The first bird we had was a Merlin dashing over the golf course - a nice start - and so, after a 15 minute walk north up the beach, Steve got onto a small flock of Common Scoters, and in amongst them was our target bird - another BOU tick! Apart from the hundreds of Common Scoter, other birds of note were quite a few Red-throated Divers and Red-breasted Mergansres, and some Long-tailed Ducks with some super drakes on show, and the odd male Eider. We decided on our way back home that we would call into Druridge Bay Country Park, also in Northumberland - an hour or drive south, where a Pacific Diver had taken up residence. Steve had already been to see the bird, but after seeing the images of the bird on social media, I thought while we up that way I would try and grab a few images of the diver too, It was a long way to travel and a long day, but well worth it! We had a good days' birding. Below are a few images of the said bird.
As always, thanks for stopping by! My next little jaunt is to Thailand in early February, so hopefully I will have some images to share with you all from there.