My first Sandwich Tern of the year spent some time fishing off Mudbank late morning, ranging widely up and down the lower part of the estuary, but mostly off Starcross whilst I was watching it. Also off there - 12 Red-breasted Mergansers, in display mode, was my highest count of the winter and, as I've mentioned in previous blogs, way down on the flocks of 90+ that used to gather at this time of year, not that many years ago. Also 2 Greenshank, 2 Wigeon and 119 Dark-bellied Brent Geese. A flock of 21 Cattle Egrets was in with cattle, in fields behind Starcross.
Very little on Orcombe first thing but 1 White Wagtail still with c20+ Pied Wagtails. Nearby, on Maer Rocks, 5+ Purple Sandpipers and 8 Turnstones.
Willow/Sallow catkins - West Lodge.
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