Another pleasant day on the Point with some birds to match. Once again the first-winter Glaucous Gull was seen in the normal area around the fishing boats and puddles. There was once again no sign of the first-winter Caspian Gull which does look to have moved on now.
Pretty quiet out over the sea but 3 Mediterranean Gull flew through eastwards and added a little variation. Once again there were 2 Black Redstart feeding around the Power Station perimeter. 2 Peregrine and a single Raven were also seen over and around the Power Station.
In the trapping area 3 Firecrest, 4 Goldcrest, 16 Long-tailed Tit and 3 Sparrowhawk offered some interest as did 3 Teal on the Long Pit. Also at the Long Pit up to 2 Woodcock have been reported by fishermen over the last few weeks.
Elsewhere the RSPB Reserve once again held some excellent birds today. 2 Black-necked Grebe remain on the New Diggings with 2 Slavonian Grebe for company. The 2 Long-eared Owl's were once again roosting behind the Dipping Pond and as always took some locating in the dense scrub. On Dengemarsh 2 Red-crested Pochard added to the colour. Lastly 5 Great White Egret came in to roost on the ARC Pit with 21 Little Egret for company.
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