Got 3 new Gateshead and British year ticks today, 2 x willow warbler, swallow and house martin were at birtley reed beds and the sewage works area, 50+ hirundines were counted. A water rail was calling at the reed beds along with 6 singing chiffchaffs, a juv iceland gull was reported at derwenthaugh this morning, the only bird we could find in the area was a juv hybrid glaucous x herring gull (viking gull). Also at shibdon was more hirundines, swallow, house martin and sand martin. A jack snipe was at ravensworth fell, but very quiet apart from that :( should get a few ticks this week i would think?
l-r lesser black backed gull/herring gull/great black backed gull/viking gull