Really strong westerlies today, courtesy of storm Franklin. Birding isn't easy in such conditions and even walking the dog on the beach was quite testing. Lu, the dog and I have been thoroughly sand-blasted.
A look at Blackhill, first thing, revealed the continuing presence of one of the Ring-necked Ducks, along with 10 Goosanders, 15 Mallard and 4 Bullfinches. Shortly afterwards, a quick sea-watch produced the Velvet Scoter, 3 drake Pintails and a pair of Red-breasted Mergansers.
Ninety Pintails was an exceptionally high count for Mudbank at this time of year.
I popped back up to Blackhill later on in the morning, but could still only find one of the Ring-necked Ducks. Nearby, at least 4 Brambling were in with a flock of c30+ Chaffinches at Hayes Barton pig farm. Also a Peregrine over there.
Looking north-west (ish) along Exmouth beach. Blue skies but a strong wind blowing sand directly into our faces.
United Heavy Lift still sitting out the strong winds in the bay.
Bramblings and a Chaffinch at Hayes Barton.