There was a 'tidings' of magpies at Druridge this morning, squabbling over a feast of last night's road kill.
Seemingly a group of magpies can also be called a 'murder' or a 'gulp'. There are a few people out there who gladly murder a few magpies! I quite like magpies, I know that they have a tendency to eat baby birds but they are really intelligent birds, they kept me amused for 10 minutes this morning.
I visited Druridge tonight too, a quick look offshore produced a year tick - goosander - nice one!
Also 4 summer plumaged or moulting out red-throated divers and hundreds of terns all moving north with a few kittiwakes amongst them.
Still plenty of hirrundines on the move too.