15th April along the waggonway
What a difference a week makes. On the 15th of April I took a local walk round the patch and other than Chiffchaff and a single Sand Martin there were no summer visitors.
Today was a different story. Passing Monkseaton metro station I had Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Lesser Whitethroat. Along the waggonway there were more warblers, mainly Willow warblers and Chiffchaffs.
At St Mary's I had my first Sedge Warbler. Swallows and Sand Martins are now around in numbers and Sandwich Terns are crying out.
All in all I feel it is now time to say it - Spring has sprung. Roll on the summer.
Today along the waggonway (warbler boulevard)
Willow Warbler (too quick for me)
Peacock Butterfly (not a Painted Lady as shown on some North Tyneside Council signs)
Starlings on the beach
Sand Martins checking out the cliffs on Whitley Beach
Don't ask. This type of thing happens when the sun comes out in Whitley.