I am halfway through my first week working in Newcastle and it has been pretty mental to be honest. Obviously a huge upheaval but I am loving it nonetheless. At the moment I am stopping in a transport hotel on the outskirts which is pretty shabby but it isn't costing the earth so I can cope until I manage to get something a little more permanent for my Monday to Fridays. It looks like next week I am going to be on site and it may well be snowy in the hills.
Bird wise I have obviously had limited opportunity to get out but I have started my Northumbrian list with aplomb and it now stands at 60 with such crackers as Lesser Grey Shrike and Rough-legged Buzzard sharing a rather spartan domain with my best this week, a Willow Tit at Big Waters. In fact I have been at Big Waters the last two evenings and added plenty of common stuff and watched transfixed as Treecreeper fed within a couple of feet of me at waist height.
On Friday I am hopeful of adding some upland birds but you can never count your chickens so it will be interesting to get out and about.