Early morning clear view from Hanson
From Hanson early this morning it was good not to have to peer through a wall of reeds to see the birds on the islands. 3 Common Sandpipers, a Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Little Ringed plovers were the highlight among many feral Geese and eclipse wildfowl, though I'm sure more will be seen now that it can be viewed.
Reed Warbler Denge Marsh
On the reserve there were far fewer Common Whitethroats and Sedge Warblers than yesterday though still a good selection of waders and herons also still 2 Whinchats at the top of the return trail.
Starlings bathing in the puddles at the fishing boatsThis afternoons sea watch from the fishing boats with AJG was uneventful:
Gannet: 23 around
Cormorant: 5 around
Whimbrel: 1 down
Arctic Skua: 4+ around
Kittiwake: 6 down
Sandwich Tern: 251 down
Common Tern: 4 down
Grey Seal: 1 around
Harbour Porpoise: 10+ around
1 of 2 Garganey at Firth this evening
A visit to the reserve this evening found of note 2 Garganey from Firth, 14 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Green Sandpipers, Ringed Plovers, Dunlin and at least 5 common Sandpipers.
Green Sandpiper from Firth this evening
Male Gem best in the trap today
A very small Adaina microdactyla (Hemp Agrimony Plume)