An early look around Gateshead revealed little other than 4 Gadwall at Lamesley and a couple of small flocks of Fieldfare moving through north. A lunch time trip back up to Burdon Moor was more productive with the first Wheatear of the year showing distantly from the top road. The first last year was on 23rd March, so almost two weeks late. A couple of Weasel performed well at point blank range, unfortunately too close to focus the camera most of the time. Plenty of Peacock were basking in the sun.
A few hours at Derwent Reservoir failed to turn up an Osprey, but the Long-tailed Duck showed well and a pair of Great Crested Grebe displayed in front of the hide.