|The Waggonway today|
More spring than mid winter, making a laughing stock of the 'alternative' weather forecasters who had this winter down as the start of the new ice age.
|Gold Finches and a Blue Tit taking a bath. No ice age this year.|
Walking along the Waggonway towards Holywell Dene, I scored early with four Tree Sparrows by Whitley golf course - my first record of this species in Whitley Bay. A single Goldcrest by Churchill playing fields was also quite unusual. I rarely see these on the coast outside of autumn when they can be found in their thousands on a good year.
Into Holywell Dene and the feeders were pulling in the crowds; Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Coal Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Robin, Chaffinch, Bullfinch, Goldfinch, Blackbird......... and a Little Grebe on the Dene.
|Nuthatch doing a classic pose|
|Great Spotted Woodpecker|
Along past St Mary's Wetland, and I see there are now a number of bird tables. A lone Woodpigeon took advantage.
|St Mary's - bird tables!|
On passing by the Brierdene Car Park a Med Gull hung around for scraps.