Earlier this week I took advantage of a bright sunny morning to wander along the bank of the River Wear. Going upstream towards Shincliffe, the river passes the university sports grounds, and the path provides great views of the city. The river was unusually calm, giving reflections of the cathedral and castle – which I appreciated on the return journey, when there was enough wind to ruffle the surface of the water and remove all trace of reflection.
I’d gone without the intention of doing any birdwatching. Nevertheless, when I stopped off at one point in the journey and sat amongst the trees, I was rewarded with a treecreeper landing just in front of me. It was fascinating to watch as it spiralled its way upwards, pecking at the bark as it searched for insects, then flying low onto another tree-trunk to spiral upwards again.