Driving up to Northumberland

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Tree Sparrow, a bird we no longer see in North Wales

An early start today from Llandudno gave us time to visit RSPB Saltholme before lunch where we enjoyed great looks at Marsh Harrier, Avocet, Little Ringed Plover, Tree Sparrow, a colony of Common Terns and more. A lovely welcoming group of staff and volunteers here, and a very tasty lunch before we hit the road again.

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Glossy Ibis showed very well!

Next stop Cresswell Pools where we added unexpectedly three Goldeneye, more Avocets and a breeding-plumaged Dunlin. Slightly further on, we went for a walk at NWT Druridge Pools Nature Reserve. Here we were lucky enough to connect with an obligingly showy Glossy Ibis, and amazingly on the same small muddy pool there was a Wood Sandpiper!

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Wood Sandpiper shared a small muddy pool with Glossy Ibis

Over 70 species enjoyed in total, not bad for a driving day!

More birding adventures in Northumberland to come, so do check back for more.

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