One of the first birds of the day was a nice Woodcock that lifted silently from the nettles next to our drive, and off into more suitable wooded cover. A male Sparrowhawk was up early too harassing our feeders, where the local Chaffinches had been joined by a couple of Bramblings.
In the Village wood, at least one Water Rail was squealing in the wet area under some dogwood. I waited for a while but couldn't see it (them, sounded like more than one bird calling). This is the same spot one turned up during hard weather in January.
After lunch we had a walk around by the coast path. The sea was rough without many birds other than 3 Dunlin and 5 Redshanks N, while further on a 1 male Brambling was on the manure heap, 9 Grey Partridges were in the field and a calling Lapland Bunting N over head but unseen.
Cullernose Point and Dunstanburgh Castle.
The path to the Bathing House was heavy going with drifted snow.