Started with a plod from the old lighthouse, round the moat and through the southern part of the trapping area, back through the desert to the lighthouse. The highlights were 20 Crossbills in 2 parties of 3 & 17, several Siskins to high to see, 13 Chiffchaffs, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Whinchats, 2 Stonechats, 1 Northern Wheatear, 4 Sparrowhawks, 1 Peregrine and a few Mippits and Pied Wagtails.
Next stop the reserve and from Firth Hide 1 Green Sandpiper, 2 Grey Plover, 10 Golden Plover, 2 Dunlin, 1 Common Snipe, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 4 more Chiffchaffs. At Christmas Dell 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Common Redstart, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 1 Hobby, 1 Common Whitethroat and the Leucistic Grey Heron. At the back of Hookers a Grey Heron apparently swimming in the pool before flying off. In the fields at the back the Great White Egret, a flock of 500+ Linnets, a Blackcap and 4 Tree Sparrows in the bushes and 2 Ravens over. Also seen and heard around the reserve 5+ Marsh Harriers, 10+Cetti's Warblers, a Kingfisher and 30+ Swallows. A text from MH telling me of a B.B.Sandpiper at the ARC from Hanson, fortunately I was close by and was in the hide watching the Sandpiper in a a matter of minutes. As with all waders from Hanson it was quite distant but good enough views to see that it had a drooping wing like last weeks bird so probably the same. Also there a single Knot and the Goosander.
|The Goosander flying through the Greylags|
|Record image of the Buff-breasted Sandpiper|
|Part of a 500+ flock of Linnets|