1 of 2 Yellow-legged Gulls in a small roost behind the fishing boats
Saturday morning walk along the beach from the fishing boats to the Lifeboat station and back in the hope of turning up a scarce Bunting or Lark drew a blank on those species, though I did see a Dartford Warbler and 2 Stonechats behind the Fish Shack, the regular Merlin heading off out to sea to hunt, 4 Stock Doves and 6 Pied Wagtails, while looking out to sea occasionally a Shag flew into Lade Bay with a Cormorant(appalling image below), 5 Brent Geese flew west and a few Gannets and Kittiwakes were feeding offshore. The Cattle Egret spent the day in the ditches on the Boulderwall Fields and the usual Great white Egrets could be seen around the reserve. On Burrowes late afternoon another 2 Yellow-legged Gulls and 4th calender year Caspian Gull came into roost.
Shag & Cormorant flying into Lade Bay
Bewick Swans over Walland
A long wander around Walland this morning saw c150 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, 4 Song Thrush, c30 Blackbirds all feeding on a plentiful supply of Hawthorn berries. Just 4 Tree Sparrows were located but they do move around, finch numbers in the hedgerows were very low and the only Buntings seen were Reed Buntings. Several Common Buzzards and 2 Marsh Harriers were seen and my first Bewick Swans of the winter flew over.
1 of several Common Buzzards seen on Walland this morning
A 2w Caspian Gull came into the offerings at the fishing boats this afternoon, also Yellow-legged Gull there, A Mediterranean Gull made a brief appearance and a Gannet came in for a look, offshore a few each of Auks, Kittiwakes and Gannets were feeding.