A walk along the river Wansbeck at Morpeth this morning provided some good sightings. A Little Grebe was feeding beside the Skinnery bridge and I spotted a shy drake Mandarin duck beside Elliot bridge preferring the overhanging vegetative bank but the female was not so bashful and was on the opposite side. I didn't have my camera so Heather took the pics with her i phone. Note the Black headed Gull behind the female is wearing metal and darvic rings but I didn't notice until we were back home looking through the pics. I will keep an eye out for it on future walks. This evening at about half past six me and Heather were looking to see if we could see the Otter again; we have had no sightings on recent walks. Luckily one was feeding and swimming opposite Oliver's mill. We walked along the road that runs past the mill and we were lucky to watch it again for a few minutes feeding on top of the weir before it plunged into the water again and swam upstream out of sight.
Between this we were doing some gardening and we called in at Plants Plus at Blagdon but when we called at Heighley Gate garden centre a Short eared Owl was quartering a field south of the car park but was being mobbed by Crows and it flew North over the A697