Whilst passing I quickly checked Arcot Pond this morning. Nothing new apart from a diving Little Grebe and 60 or so bathing Black Headed Gulls. I scanned through the ducks and gulls hoping for something rarer but no luck, not even a Chiffchaff singing yet.
Later on I went to the easterly border of Cramlington at Laverock Hall Farm in search of the Tree Sparrows spotted there at the weekend. The farm itself is just outside the patch boundary but the row of cottages on the opposite side of the road are just inside and luckily the Tree Sparrows were there this morning.
It was hard to get a proper idea of how many were there as they were in and out of the cottage gardens and mixed amongst a flock of House Sparrows. I have passed here many times before and regularly buy birdseed but have only even seen House Sparrows.
There were at least four Tree Sparrows in the trees above the stables and around the same number in the hedges surrounding the cottages.
The fields behind the cottages are usually good for Golden Plover most winters but they only held Lapwing today.