East Head: Not much to report with a high tide and strong wind - 20+ Sanderling were along the strandline, 30+ Ringed Plovers and 20+ Skylarks, plus a couple of Meadow Pipits were on the mud, 3 or 4 Red-breasted Mergansers and Great Crested Grebes off the northern tip, and a huge flock of Brent Geese (1000+?) on the grass with 40 Oystercatchers and similar of Lapwing. (AH)
Church Norton: Huge numbers of Brent Geese around this morning, with well in excess of 1000 birds moving off on the falling tide, and at least that many again up over the North Wall. Plenty of waders, too - 3-400 Knot and similar of Dunlin on the mud, and at least a couple of hundred Black-tailed Godwit & Golden Plover going up over the harbour with 500+ Lapwing. Also, the leucistic curlew was around again.
There were 150+ Mediterranean Gull and 50+ Common Gull along the beach, but all I could find offshore were 4 Eider and 3 Red-breasted Mergansers (+ 3 more in the harbour).(AH)