The first winter drake Velvet Scoter was again off the seawall with three Red-throated and a Great Northern Diver, 15 Gannet, two Great-crested Grebe and two Common Scoter also offshore.
Counts from the estuary included 197 Oystercatcher, 127 Curlew, 64 Dunlin, 48 Bar-tailed Godwit, 31 Dark-bellied and a Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 19 Teal, 15 Knot, 14 Grey Plover, six Red-breasted Merganser, four Greenshank and a Scandinavian Rock Pipit.
Elsewhere late news from yesterday of the first Willow Warbler of the year, today six Chiffchaff and two Blackcap in the bushes, four Shoveler and a Water Rail at the Main Pond and seven Lesser Black-backed Gull, four Jackdaw, three Rook and three Siskin overhead.
Wildlife News: The high temperatures brought out a group of 30 Rudd at the Main Pond up to the surface, also more insects with Marsham's Nomad Bee, Sandpit Mining Bee Andrena barbilabris, Common Carder Bee, Tree and Red-tailed Bumblebee on the wing with several solitary bee species. Most notable was a clear NE movement of Buff-tailed Bumblebee with 120 estimated to have flown through in just an hour midmorning.
Also Comma, Peacock and Speckled Wood with the hoverflies Dumpy Melanostoma Melanostoma mellinum and Platycheirus scutatus new for the year.
The Sand Crocus was being enjoyed by several visitors with Shepherd's Cress now in flower and Pot Marigold found by the railway.