At the other end of the marina to where we were is an old ship HMS Trincomalee, which was built in Bombay in 1817 and brought back here and restored. Next to her is an old paddle steamer Wingfield Castle. However we were birding and as we walked around this part of the marina we saw lots of red breasted mergansers. Afetr a walk around with no signs of the diver we went to another part and within minutes we had seen the bird.
Chris has much better pictures of the bird on his website Chris Downes Birds. Having seen our target bird we then moved on to Newburn Bridge, a place Chris likes to visit at high tide to photograph birds. Today the tide was out so there were not many birds about. We walked back towards Hartlepool to get a closer look at some gulls. When we got closer we could see redshanks and turnstones feeding amongst the seaweed.
Another great days birding and a good way to end 2012, a record year for me thanks to Chris.
As I am writing this blog I am watching Antiques Roadshow from Fountains Abbey, and every now and again I can hear swallows, only another 90 days or so before they are back!!
A Happy New Year to you all.