Sea watching from the fishing boats today 07.00-07.40 + 14.00-16.00 was not especially productive, but did produce the first returning 25 Brent Geese of the Autumn, a minimum of 5 Arctic Skuas were chasing the Terns off shore, other highlights included 2 Mediterranean Gulls, a Black Tern and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull.
At The Patch 2 more Mediterranean Gulls and 2 Wheatears and a Black Redstart on the bund were the pick of the bunch. Also another Black Redstart at Lloyds.
Next stop The Desert where 2 Whinchats, 3 Wheatears, 8 Chiffchaffs, 4 Blackcaps, 7 Common Whitethroats, 4 Lesser Whitethroats and 6 Robins were seen before a call from DW had me hurriedly making my way to the southwest corner of the trapping area where he had found a Barred Warbler. On arrival the bird had gone to ground, DW carried on with his net round while myself and OL continued to look for it. We were joined by CT and soon after a the Barred Warbler flew in front of us into a Rose Hip where it showed quite well. At least another 10 birders eventually saw it.
On the ARC today the Glossy Ibis still, 1+ Black-necked Grebe, 1+ Garganey, a Ruff and still many Sand Martins and swallows.
Late afternoon at Galloways 3 Whinchats and 2 Stonechats of note.
All pictures below were taken at the fishing boats this afternoon
Juv Black Tern
Juv Common Tern
2w Mediterranean Gull