Whilst the Bay does not have the numbers and variety of birds that are found further north, regular birding there brings its rewards. Over the last few years the number of purple sandpipers has steadily increased and today there were 21 scurrying along the tideline on Birling Carr. Alongside them were 10 knot, 6 turnstone and 3 redashank. Meanwhile 9 grey plover maintained their motionless pose along with 6 ringed plover hiding in the weathered limestone.
Out to sea were 17 red-throated divers, 5 guillemot, 2 great crested grebe, 2 male common scoter, 2 shag and a red breasted merganser. Past these birds the fishing boats were returning to Amble harbour, accompanied by circling gulls.