The wet and windy weather came as forecast but didn’t bring any seabirds with it with just three Gannet and a couple of Fulmar recorded. The bushes were blown out, so the only possible birding was in the estuary. The tide was really high, topped up with the heavy rain. Most of the wildfowl were sheltering in and around the Bight, with an increase to 93 Brent Geese and 16 Shelduck amongst 260 Wigeon and 120 Teal. Also in the estuary nine Sandwich Tern, a single Red-breasted Merganser and the Slavonian Grebe.
Waders on the flooded golf course included 50+ Dunlin, 10 Grey and six Ringed Plover, five Greenshank and three Black-tailed Godwit.
Red-breasted Merganser - Alan Keatley