Having nailed pretty much the last of my long lasting bogey-birds over the last year and a half, over the moon to pin down the last one, Gull-billed Tern. A species which I’ve dipped 4 times in the last 5 years, which most frustratingly has included the last several records for my home county, Cheshire.
A pair of 1st winter Gull-billed Tern turned up at Hanson Quarry, Northumberland over two weeks ago. Though due to complications news was only released the last few days when I was back in Cheshire visiting Luke for a surprise Birthday. Thankfully the birds stuck about, which is unusual given the species reputation as a one day wonder. After catching the train to Hexham then a 3hr walk, the Terns where now in sight, making them the 323rd species of Bird I’ve seen in Britain.