My first seawatch of the year from Whitburn this morning was a bit slow. A Puffin north and a Long-tailed Duck south were the highlights. Eventually managed to get Gannet and Kittiwake on the year list.
Back over to Gateshead and the male Gadwall was still at Lamesley with 4 Wigeon. The stubble field at Burdon Moor was wind-swept, but still held 40+ Skylark, 14 Yellowhammer, 12 Linnet and 3 Meadow Pipit. A Kingfisher and 2 Grey Wagtail were at Far Pasture with 2 Redpoll among Siskin in the car park.