It definitely paid to be on the north bank if seeking the sun.
I enjoyed my ice-cream in the sun on the north bank of the Tyne today, whilst watching the clouds darken and the rain fall on the southern bank.
Not much around in the way of bird life, although numbers of Sandwich Tern have grown at Black Middens. One Common Tern seen flying up the Tyne from the mouth of the river. Only waders seen were Oystercatchers and a small number of Turnstone.