Joy at nesting birds of prey.
At least two pairs of kites have built nests this spring. It means red kite chicks could be born in the region for the first time since the reign of George III.
The news is a major boost for the Northern Kites project, which was set up two years ago to re-introduce red kites at Gateshead's Derwent Valley.
The project's organisers are appealing to people not to look for the nesting birds and stressing that it would be an offence to disturb them during the breeding season.
Project manager Keith Bowey said: "I am absolutely delighted by the historic news that kites are nesting at this early stage of the project, and so close to Gateshead."