Thanks to a local birder he put me straight onto the bird which could be approached really well, and it was almost too close for my scope. Managed to get loads of pics of it so I was pleased.
Then off to Saltholme to go for the Slavonian Grebe which I really want to get a photo of for my collection, however it remained at long distance. Also saw 2 Merlin there, as well as the usual stuff.
And even better news was that the South Shields bird hadnt been seen, so I hadn`t wasted my time going up there.