I assumed that if it was okay to go to the seaside to go fishing, then it was okay to go birding...
A stop off on the way at Abbey Mill near Morpeth. A bit grey and early, but after a few minutes wait a flock of 12 Hawfinch flew in to feed in the hornbeams. Difficult to see among the leaves, but a couple sat up on top for distant photos. Also here were two vocal Marsh Tit.
At Church Point, Newbiggin I immediately picked up the Shorelark, feeding at the base of the cliffs with Rock and Meadow Pipits.