Cold and grey with the wind picking up through the day. A trip down to Low Barnes for Marsh Tit was disappointing. Excellent views of Nuthatch, Coal Tit and Goldcrest on the feeders, but no sign of any Marsh or Willow Tit. Two walks around the reserve failed to come up with the goods and little was seen except roving flocks of Redwing and Siskin.
Quiet again around Gateshead with the ponds still mostly frozen. Far Pasture car park was alive with birds, 10+ Goldcrest and 2 Willow Tit the pick. On the sewage pans there were 43 Pied Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail and a Meadow Pipit. A weasel dashed across the path to the hide.