Back "home" doing family stuff.
It is too easy to forget what a fantastic place Northumberland is for birding. Although not birding per se a few minutes here and there produced a lot more birds than I often see back in Øygarden.
A few examples:
A five minute scan of Budle Bay at high tide gave a flock of 50 Shoveler skjeand, 670 Shelduck gravand, 4 Little Egret silkehegre along with hundreds of geese and other wildfowl and a nice selection of waders.
Twenty minutes in a hide at Creswell produced two Little Egrets silkehege, a Spotted Redshank sotsnipe, two Scaup bergand, 150 Lapwing vipe, 40 Golden Plover heilo and a few hundred duck of various species.
Med Gulls svartehavsmåke along the prom at Newbiggin, actually seen from a bar:)
My local patches at Stag Rocks and Newbiggin have produced a seemingly endless string of rarities throughout the autumn including Bonarparte's Gull kanadahettemåke and Great Shearwater storlire to name just two of them.