Whilst out and about with the family today I checked some of the local ponds. A quiet Marden Quarry only held a pair of Pochard amongst the usual ducks. At least 7 Stock Dove were in the trees surrounding the pond including a nest building pair.
Despite its small size West Allotment Village pond still managed to hold 5 Mute Swan, 5 Pochard, 20 Tufted Duck and a pair of Shoveler along with many Moorhen and Coot.
Killingworth Lake was also busy. Tufted Duck were in good numbers on both sides of the lake along with a few Goldeneye, 6 Pochard, a pair of displaying Shoveler and a Great Crested Grebe asleep on the edge of the reeds.