08.00-09.00 from The Point, just enough to keep me entertained. The Purple Sandpiper being the highlight.
Red-throated Diver: 1 NE 15 SW
Black-throated Diver: 2 SW
Great-crested Grebe: 7 around
Gannet: 10 NE 13 SW
Cormorant: c150 around
Purple Sandpiper: 1 SW
Kittiwake: 5 SW 3 around
Auk sp: 6 SW 2 NE
On the New Diggings a Great White Egret and 2 Goosander, the Long-eared Owl still showing at the back of the dipping pool, 4 Smew now on Burrowes, also 2 Goosander, a Kingfisher and 2 Brambling over.
After a full English at home I had a run around a very windswept Walland Marsh, plenty of Tree Sparrows in the usual spots, a flock of c100 Fieldfare with a few Redwing, also pleasingly Greenfinches seemed to be plentiful but most birds had there heads down.
At Scotney ad adult Caspian Gull and 3 adult Yellow-legged Gulls, but little else of note.
Ad Caspian Gull + ad Yellow-legged Gull (preening)
3w Caspian Gull from Makepiece
An early afternoon visit to the fishing boats was cut short by a deterioration in the weather, so I retired to the VC for a cup of tea with MH in the OFC. We decided to investigate a report of Red-necked Phalarope from Makepiece, where we found another adult and a 3w Caspian Gull also 2 more adult Yellow-legged Gulls but no Phalarope. The Long-eared Owl was still present at dusk.
Couldn't resist another image of yesterdays Glossy Ibis at Pett.