Sadly there were no witches, wizards or zombies on the reserve but it was a pretty good day for birds :-)
Shorelark - 1 on beach this afternoon
Yellow browed warbler - 1 calling on Meadow Trail this morning
Hen harrier - 1 female chasing the starling flock over the reedbed at dusk
Slavonian grebe - 1 offshore this morning
Long tailed duck - female offshore
Curlew sandpiper - a late adult bird on fresh marsh at lunch time
Spotted redshank - 3 on fresh marsh
Lapland bunting - 2 in/off sea this morning
Grey wagtail - 1 west over the Meadow Trail this morning
Chiffchaff - 1 singing in the carpark!!
Clouded yellow butterfly - 1 on the East Bank this afternoon
After several days without any sight or sound, a yellow browed warbler was heard calling on the Meadow Trail again today.
Black throated diver - 1 offshore this morning
Great skua - 1 chasing gulls offshore this morning
Snow bunting - 1 on beach 200yds west of the end of the main path
Spotted redshank - 2 on fresh marsh
Red crested pochard - female in the reedbed this morning was the first record for several weeks
Tufted duck - a big increase in numbers today with 70 recorded in the reedbed. Maybe a sign of some cold weather coming...?
Offshore winds here usually means that the sea is pretty calm and an ideal opportunity to look for scoter flocks, divers and grebes. The scoter flock mainly seems to be far offshore at the moment and only giving distant views in flight but the divers and grebes are thankfully much closer.
Great northern diver - 1 offshore
Black throated diver - 1 offshore
Slavonian grebe - 2 offshore
Long tailed duck - 2 offshore