A cold but sunny morning saw us checking the river Breamish near Hedgeley Ponds,our attention was caught by what gave the appearance of a giant House Martin which of course morphed miraculously into a Green Sandpiper. We made a note of where it had landed and slowly crept up on it,eventually gaining really good views.
Branton Ponds had a number of displaying male Goldeneyes together with a pair of Pochards and a pair of Gadwall.
Another bird of interest is the Moorhen which appears to have taken up residence in our garden. It spends most of its time feeding on an area near our garden pond and hurries back to cover when disturbed.