Today's birdwatching started at St. Mary Island near Whitley Bay, Northumberland. The tide was low, so there were plenty of rocks for the birds and visitors. On the sea there was a Red-throated Diver, several Eider and a raft of Teal which presumably had taken refuge whilst some scrub bashing was taking place by the pool in the wetland area. A small group of gulls did not contain any white-winged ones, only Black-headed, Common and Herring Gull. As I approached the causeway to the lighthouse I could hear Rock Pipit and found four all feeding a quiet spot away from the people.
After St. Mary's I went to Washington Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust. The feeding station was a busy area with Great Tit, Blue Tit, Blackbird, Chaffinch, Siskin, Bullfinch, Coal Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Nuthatch (missed by me) and Pheasant.
After leaving the feeding station I walked around the centre, catching a glimpse of a Jay as I watched some of the collection birds. I couldn't resist taking this photograph of these three Barnacle Geese as the sunlight was beginning to fade.
A quick stop at Barmston Pond, produced two adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls.