After being away watching the toon in Southampton at the weekend, it was nice to get down to the patch this evening and catch up with the black redstart that was first seen yesterday.
It was along the track a bit when we first picked it up, but made its way back to favoured area where the cows are just beyond the 'Druridge Bushes'. The last black redstart I saw in those exact same bushes on 12th April 2011, the previous one was pre-2008. So not a common bird on the patch by any means.
I had a good look on the Budge fields for garganey without luck after I heard that Tom Cadwallender had found one on a puddle near Alnmouth earlier today. There were still nine blackwits and a good count of 35 shoveler on the Budge.
94 black redstart
PWC Score 117