I didn't venture far from the car on a soggy tour around Gateshead this morning. The Whooper Swan was back at Lamesley along with 3 Wigeon and increased numbers of Teal and Mallard. Sled Lane gave 5 Goosander and 5 Goldeneye, but no Wigeon. Shibdon was quiet except for a large flock of Lapwing. Final stop was Far Pasture where a Kingfisher showed distantly and 2 Willow Tit were in the car park.