Super Supermarket Twitch
347 Mile Round Trip at a cost of £61 - Eight Supermarket Visits
Big Day, so up early - First stop Morrisons, Perth to fill up with petrol - Second stop Asda, Dunbar, comfort stop - Third stop Morrisons, Whitley Bay, another comfort stop - Fourth stop back to Morrisons, Whitley Bay to buy lunch - Fifth stop Tescos, Berwick-Upon-Tweed for more petrol - Sixth stop Morrisons, Berwick-Upon-Tweed for coffee, cake and shopping, plus a special bonus of hearing my name over the tannoy (my wallet dropped out my pocket!! - charity box benifitted - thank you Morrisons) - Seventh stop Asda, Dunbar for more shopping - Eighth stop Tescos, Perth for yet more shopping - A Super Supermarket Twitch Day.
An equally strange account of the day is that we travelled all that way just to see a Lesser Scaup that has made it's self at home on a boating lake in Whitley Bay. We then headed back up the coast to find a Desert Wheatear at Newbiggin-by-the-Sea. Although I've already seen one this year, Mrs L hadn't and this was a far better birdwatching experience than just seeing a duck on a boating lake.
Walking up the beach towards Beacon Point we watched Sanderling, Dunlin Turnstone, Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher, Bar-tailed Godwit & Redshank, but no sign of the Wheatear. Beyond the Point we found a pair of Rock Pipits, but still no Wheatear. Eventually though, it decided to make an appearance. It flew across us, landed beside us, hopped about for a minute and flew off. That was the last we saw of it, but it was captured on camera for my blipfolio. We eventually headed back down the beach. The number of Sanderling had increased and we watched them chase the waves out then being chased back up the beach by the incoming wave (today's photo - spot the Dunlin too). Then it was back on with the Super Supermarket Twitch.