I headed to a rainy Newton Pool with Mark this morning. After Fridays' heavy rain we had thoughts of many dumped waders on the ponds muddy shore... two common sandpiper (and no mud) were our wader lot. Three moorhen, a scattering of mallard, little grebe, teal and three grey heron were on the pool, with several barn swallow hawking. On the dunes a couple of reed bunting were half heartily singing, while off shore a party of gannet were diving just past the breakers.
Back in the village a damp barn swallow (above) sat looking very miserable in a gutter.
Fortunately the chippie at Amble was en-route home, so chips and curry sauce made up for the lack of water rail, little gull etc that NS has had the pleasure of viewing this past week.
Newbiggin held two mediterranean gull on the beach, and with that, we called it a day.
Got home and the sun came out. Briefly.