At Grindon Lough yesterday the temperature still on zero at lunchtime and the wind whipping off the lying snow made for a chilling landscape.
Even bleaker for one duck having succumbed to the weather or a bird of prey. This Buzzard chased off two Crows and then started lunch.
Meanwhile just 50 yards away the remaining ducks gathered around the few areas of water remaining unfrozen. Mainly Wigeon and Teal with a handful of Tufted Duck and one male Mallard along with some Greylag Geese and a Great Black backed Gull. Canada Geese grazed the field behind but unfortunately no sign of any White fronts.