Returning from a meeting via South Shields where no Waxwing were found I stopped off at Jarrow and had a walk down the River Don to the junction with the Tyne where around 681 Bede would have passed after the founding of the monastery. Of course some concrete has been placed since then and the sight of thousands of coloured metal boxes (cars) on Nissans compound at Jarrow Slake would have perplexed him for sure.
Very cold but the Teal and Redshank were taking advantage of the strong sun.
and two pair of Shelduck squabbled over territory
On the north side of the river I'm not sure what was being discharged here, likely sewage, but there was a huge gathering of gulls on the water.