The only birds we could find at St. Mary's this morning were 2 Yellow-browed Warblers, so we decided to go to Whitburn. On arrival all 3 Richard's Pipits were on view and eventually one came quite close. Also there were 3 more Yellow-browed Warblers and a Whinchat. We failed to find the acro that was on site but I don't really mind as it apparently definitely wasn't a Blyth's Reed Warbler.
One of the Richard's Pipits digiscoped in the heat haze
A juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper was the highlight of a morning in Druridge Bay. It showed very well on the mud in front of the hide at Cresswell. At Chevington there were 6 Pintail, 5 Black-tailed Godwits and at least 300 Pink-footed Geese.
Today we went to Holy Island to try and find some migrants but the Island was quite quiet. However while we were searching for a reported Wryneck a movement in the bottom of a hawthorn caught my eye. After a short wait it turned out to be a Nightingale, but whether it was a Thrush Nighingale or a Common Nightingale was hard to tell because it never came out for than about ten seconds, and was nearly always partially obscured by branches. I also managed to get a few record shots.
NOTE: The nightingale which I found at Holy Island has been confirmed as a Thrush Nightingale thanks to some great photos online, which can be found here: