A Great Tit singing in our street this morning put spring in my mind, that was until I went outside, brrrrrrr.
The gale force Siberian winds made any prolonged birding painful - streaming eyes and numb face and fingers in 60 secs. I started at North Shields fish quay and worked my way up to St Mary's (in a warm vehicle). Not much to report other than 3 Common Scoter in the bay at the north end of Whitley beach. There were other ducks at sea worth a check but the wind made the use of a scope impossible.
It was good to see Redshank, Turnstone and Oystercatchers back on the links, able to get there beaks into the ground at last.
The Barnacle Goose is still at Tynemouth boating lake.