A nice surprise was an early morning year tick with three Velvet Scoter south, close offshore with a single Common Scoter at 8.10am. Species 183 for the year - technical issues are currently preventing updates to the Recording Group website. Also, offshore two Great Northern Diver south and a bird close in off groyne 15.
Little to report from the estuary on a low tide visit, but 15 Skylark on Warren Point presumably indicate the arrival of the wintering flock, the Cetti's Warbler was by the Main Pond and two Chiffchaff and two Goldcrest were on site.
Other Wildlife: After a wet, showery start it eventually brightened up in the afternoon encouraging insects to appear on the wing; mostly on the flowering Hebe near the Boathouse. From now on this, the main concentration of winter nectar, will be the main refuge for wintering hoverflies and bumblebees.
Today's hoverflies included Humming Syrphus S. ribesii, Short Melanostoma M. mellinum, Common Dronefly Eristalis tenax, Common Spotted Field Syrph Eupeodes luniger and Migrant Field Syrph E. corollae. The two Eupeodes may have been migrants along with a Silver Y, a single Red Admiral NE along the ridge and several Harlequin Ladybird on the seawall.