Today was a shorter walk due to the nights drawing in and winter taking its icy grip. Strange thing was, it was a mild day and looked like Autumn with lots of leaves still on the trees as we left the Metro Centre after a coffee and breakfast.
We headed along the Tyne and there were Oystercatchers and Redshank giving their warning calls as they flew off from the muddy banks of the river.
We headed inland to Winlaton and then down a track to Winlaton Mill and the Golden Lion – renamed ‘The Red Kite’. There was a nice track behind the pub leading down to a nature reserve and the river Derwent. The sun was setting and gave real colour to the leaves still on the trees. Then to our delight about four Red Kites appeared twisting and turning in the air as they looked for a quick supper before they went to roost. Eventually we returned to the pub for a meal and by then it was dark. Here are a few pictures. (remember to ‘click’ on them to make the picture much bigger).