The days are getting longer and the time available after work is also getting much better to linger longer. I arrived with a day of full sunshine backed by a cold north-east wind. The evening sunshine was just as good but most of the birds had departed post high tide earlier in the day. The gathering Golden Plover and Lapwing flocks were jockeying for the best spots to settle for the night while a bunch of 215 Dunlin and a couple of Little Stint were still busy feeding below my watch point.
A distant flock of Lapwing and 100 Black-tailed Godwit had an attached Bar-tailed Godwit sitting it out on the peripheries. Fortunately for all of those concerned there wasn’t any duskly marauding by the resident Peregrine.
Duck numbers were again very low with a pair of Tufted Duck, 7 Pintail, 13 Shoveler, 78 Mallard, 98 Common Shelduck and c400 Common Teal being present.
A Kestrel was hovering illuminated by the setting sun while a female Marsh Harrier was seen quartering the reed beds before retiring for the night and Raven were abundantly ubiquitous.
Observer and images: WSM.