The weather today was grim to say the least, with light rain and grey skies. Opted for a visit to Hartlepool Headland to see what was about. A ringing session was going ahead at the Bowling green so didn't hang around here for long. At St Hilda's church yard a Whinchat was nice to see.....1st of the year, but didn't see much else in the area. Got a shout that a Dotterel had been seen at North Gare Golf course, so had a drive over. The bird was located after about 15mins but remained distant, bit of a dull bird but an unexpected bird. Also in the area was a Swallow and a late staying Pink-footed Goose.