In the estuary, 2,040 Wigeon, a four-figure count of Oystercatcher, 249 Redshank, 162 Great Black-backed Gull (the highest count here this year, bolstered by birds sheltering from the weather), 83 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 62 Curlew, 29 Turnstone, 27 Cormorant, 17 Dunlin, 16 Mute Swan, 12 Canada Goose, 11 Shelduck, ten Teal, ten Greenshank, six Red-breasted Merganser, six Sanderling, five Little Egret, four Great Crested Grebe, two each of Ringed Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-tailed Godwit, Mediterranean Gull, Sandwich Tern and the pair of Black Swan. Also, a Golden Plover flew over, one Grey Heron, and the resident Slavonian Grebe was accompanied for a while by a Little Grebe.
A roaming party of nine Long-tailed Tit, mixed tits, a Chiffchaff and a Chaffinch hugged the leeward side of wooded areas. The immature Sparrowhawk was again seen exhibiting its hunting tactic of skimming the ground, but apart from a flock of c40 Goldfinch, potential passerine prey was sparsely visible with only a few Meadow Pipit and Pied Wagtail out exposed and braving the unsettled conditions.
The day's highlight a was Scandinavian Rock Pipit near the lifeguard hut this afternoon, sporting a yellow-ringed coded '632', ringed on Giske Island, Norway.