A beautiful morning with fresh snow and frost with temperatures at -5. I went to Saltholme this morning and the first thing I saw was a Marsh Harrier flying low across the reeds and quickly followed by a Short Eared Owl.
On reaching Wildlife watchpoint there was a Water Rail going in and out of the reeds at times coming real close, there were also loads of teal around.
I had a walk around and found an Owl sat on a post, I managed a couple of shots before it started hunting again, then it landed on a bush really close, as soon as I moved the scope it was off again. I saw a fox hunting voles - leaping up and burying its snout in the snow.
Then it was off up to Hartlepool fish quay were there were Iceland, Glaucous and Kumleins gulls. This rounded off a super mornings bird watching - I like the cold weather!!