Successfully told myself that I could not justify the time or money or carbon footprint of travelling to Rochdale, but unsuccessfully tried to avoid Hartlepool. And pleased I did.
You cannot whack getting to a new location and first time and finding a birder already there and so seeing the quarry without delay. Today was one of those days, with the Red-necked Grebe at Hartlepool Marina.
And the weather was breezy and sunny and clear and the views outstanding. And what a spectacular place too! Eight Red-breasted Mergansers on the water as well - which was nice!
And now the shitty-shotties: