21st April. Perhaps the poor weather forecast had kept numbers of participants down, but in the event the fourteen who did turn up were treated to a wonderful bright morning with sun and only a very short shower. Fourteen is a nice number to lead.
The tide was out, the cloud had broken and the sun shone most of the time as we walked towards Tynemouth picking up waders, Eider Duck, Common Tern, Sandwich Tern, gulls and Cormorants along the way. The terns were my first of the year as trips to the coast have been few. The odd Swallow was also seen. We headed for the pier.
On our return we watched displaying Sparrowhawks which circled high in the sky before dropping peregrine fashion and disappearing into the trees. A singing Blackcap was found on the fringes of Priors Park and Linnet were seen on the return walk. The walk had brought us a list of forty-six species and everyone seemed satisfied. The six of us who headed for the fish and chip restraunt were even more satisfied once we had finished the meal.
Sam Mark and I later returned to check out roosting sites and found the Nuthatch still poking its head out of the nest hole every now and again. Herring Gulls were feeding on the pond and it was interesting to watch their style. The rain came quite heavily so we headed off, Sam and I back to Killingworth. As the rain had stopped as we reached Killy Lake we had a wander around to see how pairs of birds were doing.
The Whooper Swan remains. There were a few Swallows and the odd Sand Martin flying over the lake. Reed Bunting was seen in the reeds of the smaller lake.