I wandered around the outside of the east side of the conifer plantation at the entrance to Druridge pools and spent a while just watching for any bird movement. A bird flew out of the trees toward me and perched on a fallen trunk.
I was pleased to see it was a Turtle Dove which after a short while flew off toward the farm development over the road.
Then a wander onto the beach where I could see a lot of divers quite close in on a dropping tide.
So with a bit of plodging, had a try to grab a pic of a Red Throated diver
Found it hard to leave with this view beyond Cresswell Pond