Monday, 27th September: After a very wet and windy start, eventually a bright and very breezy morning as the wind shifted west.....
Sunday, 26th September: Another overcast and rather grey start with some light drizzle late morning and a light SW breeze force 2-3, gradually becoming brighter by early afternoon.....
Seven Gadwall went east over the sea before heading back to the second several where there were also five Shoveler. Other sightings included a Spotted Flycatcher behind the hide, two Yellow Wagtails in the horse field and three Sandwich Terns loitering offshore. (IP/HB)
On the Stilt Pools were ten Egyptian Geese and also a Little Stint. (SaH/SH)
Saturday, 25th September: A still, overcast and rather dank morning with some light drizzle at times and virtually no breeze early on, gradually becoming SW1-2 and brightening up by afternoon.
Editorial note: A quick look at the blog today will reveal a distinct lack of photo's amongst the text - largely due to the fact that our 'photographic editor' AH is away for the weekend! This temporary situation will soon return to normal upon his return - but there may well be some further temporary adjustments over the next week or so. The two main editors (OM and AH) are away on a jolly to the Shetlands for a week, so our Deputy Editor Bart Ives will be stepping in to hold the fort during our absence, therefore please ensure any reports are sent to him (see title page).
We are very grateful and fully aware he has to work for a living too, so please be understanding if there are some difficulties during our absence. And you can be sure there will be an air of trepidation 'up north' whilst we're away - but there surely couldn't be another Nighthawk-type mega this year, could there?? (Eds)
Diver sp - 1 os
Great Crested Grebe - 1 os
Gannet - 17E, 28W
Balearic Shearwater - 1 os (0845hrs)
Brent Goose - 1W
Mallard - 1
Common Scoter - 5E
Green Sandpiper - 1W
Kingfisher - 1W along beach
Black-headed Gull - 1325 os
Mediterranean Gull - 50 os
Herring Gull - 829 os
Great Black-backed Gull - 70 os
Sandwich Tern - 15 os
Meadow Pipit - 5E
Pied Wagtail - 2W
Yellow Wagtail - 1
Sand Martin - 1
House Martin - 6
Swallow - 300