But for a meeting with a kind lady at East Chevington who said her husband had seen Derek Sandpiper at Hauxley I would have headed on home and missed this little stunner.
Back I raced to find Liverbirder, Dusty Bins and many of Northumberlands elite in the wader hide where the bird performed spectacularly if not too distant for my small equipment. Previously in the day I had bemoaned the distant views of Great White Egret at Castle Island (which for those that don't know is a few hundred yards east of the old railway bridge at Stakeford NZ283855 and probably best accessed via the Industrial Estate on the north bank of the Wansbeck at North Seaton) so for lunch I took some easy targets of Rook and Black headed Gull in Amble car park before heading south to East Chevington for some Little Gulls which were again miles away.
Then after the excitement at Hauxley down to Druridge for the Spoonbills and Cresswell for the pair of Avocets now with three mini-cets in tow. There is a theme developing..........all black and white birds