An hour at Castle Island with two of the kids mid-afternoon produced nothing of note, I won't bore you with the counts of Lapwing and Great Black-backed Gull. Suffice to say that as we were heading back along the path a female Goosander had been the highlight of the afternoon.
We headed back down with third child an hour later to try and re-find the small sandpiper sp that flew downriver, landing briefly before being flushed by a dog walker from the shore just before we left. We were unsuccessful with no further sign, another one consigned to the bin! The return trip produced a Kingfisher feeding on the south shore long enough for all three kids to watch it fishing and eating.
Yesterday, three Little Egrets roosting on the south side of the Blyth Estuary and two Jays at West Sleekburn Industrial Estate were the highlights of a non-birding day.