It was bright, but the hide was still freezing, I took some shots of the assembled throng but not many worthy of showing :
|Redshank showed well|
|Then there were three|
|LBB Gull almost landed on top of another|
|Herring Gull got me a bit excited as it seemed to have|
yellow legs as it thrashed about in the water.
|But at rest it looked an ordinary herring gull|
|A pair of mute swans came in from the right|
|and veered round to pass again from the left|
|And an assortment of BH Gulls in various stages of attire|
Rob (gatesheadandbeyond) came in, fresh from a fruitless search for a reported Rose-coloured Starling at Swalwell, but it was good to catch up as I hadn't seen him in a while.
I took a couple of detours on the way to B&Q and back to look for the alleged Rosy, but I couldn't even find a common starling never mind something rarer.
With a walk along the river to Winlaton Mill I hoped to find a grey wagtail and dipper to photograph, and Haghill came up trumps with a cracking male grey wag on the opposite riverbank, and a pair of dippers foraging for nesting material which I watched them taking into their nesthole.
Unfortunately this coincided with a dull cloudy period so I didn't even bother getting the camera out. Nice to see all the same.
Other signs of spring today were my first butterfly while waiting for the bus, I couldn't identify it as it flitted about but it was a dull orange/brown colour and looked worn, possibly a comma.
Two honey bees were seen in a patch of purple flowers (?) and at home a 7-spot ladybird was on the back fence.
Also seen was our local red kite WT6 with a beak full of nesting materials when he landed on a house roof opposite, so spring is certainly in the air, though you wouldn't think it sitting in Shibdon hide.