I had high hopes walking from the car to Whitburn obs this morning. The 50 mph northerly and driving sleet would surely blow in a sack full of birds. After an hour and three quarters we gave up, sick of the cold and lack of birds. All we had to show for our efforts was a Little Gull, 2 Little Auk and 3 Eider. I can only assume the gale hadn't been blowing long enough to displace any birds.
A look around a snowy Gateshead gave nothing more than Kingfishers at Watergate and Dunston Staithes.