After forgetting to take the new keys for the Seaton Sluice seawatching tower to last week's NTBC meeting my day started with the enforced punishment of key distribution. All safely delivered we found ourselves in Jesmond, so on a fine sunny morning I took the kids for a little wander around the building site that is Pets Corner. I suppose I was half hoping for a Chiffchaff but it wasn't to be; we had to make do with Great Spotted Woodpecker, Mistle Thrush, Nuthatch and Long-tailed Tit.
Round two after lunch found us searching Pegswood Moor for Wheatears, again in vain. Still very wet underfoot we headed for the relatively dry paths of one of the local woods, again no Chiffchaff but a Grey Wagtail on the river was a year tick and we notched up more Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, a smart drake Goosander and a singing Marsh Tit. My daughter was rather impressed by a fresh looking woodpecker hole that's soon to have 'chicklings' and not wishing to be left out entirely I was rather pleased with our eight year old breaking the usual post-school silence to share his invert sighting, apparently a Wasp.
The weather tomorrow would suggest the coast might be promising but I suspect the kids might not be too chuffed at the prospect of several hours in the fog and rain for a Wheatear and a Lesser Black-backed Gull, so it might mean trying to snatch a few short stops from suitable vantage from within the car.