Migrants have started to arrive in force over the weekend. The first evidence was small numbers of sand martins on the Coquet (downstream of Felton) on Saturday morning along with a resident marsh tit, several brown hares and flowering opposite-leaved saxafrage and butterbur.
In the afternoon, all three species of or hirundine (sand martin, swallow and house martin) were present at Branton Ponds (none had been seen in the morning). Other species of noter included a great crested grebe, 2 redshank and several species of bumblebees being blown around in the gales!
By Sunday afternoon there was a steady njortherly passage of swallows and meadow pipits on the coast at Fenham le Moor. Other species of note were 14 summer plummage golden plover, 74 wigeon, 17 pintail and flowering common scurvey-grass.