With a good forecast and a rising tide three of us decided to try our luck at Fenham le Moor hide.
Initial views were of huge numbers of Shelduck,Wigeon and eventually Brents. Out in the bay were the expected Eider but no sight of any Divers or Mergansers,
On the shoreline were the expected waders-Redshank, Dunlin, Ringed Plover,Curlew,Turnstone ,Bar Tailed Godwit ,and a solitary Grey Plover.
The highlight of the day was an unexpected close up fly past of a magnificent male Hen Harrier!
On leaving the hide ,a short walk south along the flats produced 12 Grey Partridge,2 Little Egret,and a Yellowhammer gleaming gold from the top of a bush.Near the Elwick hide large numbers of Pink Feet and Lapwing were feeding in the fields.
As we prepared to leave,the sky was darkening and a rainbow appeared to the North but a shaft of strong winter sunshine bathed the seagrass and the Island in a golden glow, reminding us what a beautiful area we live in!