Seawatching was hard going in the morning session but did pick up slightly by the afternoon with the highlight of the latter being three Great Northern Diver heading west. There was also a Slavonian Grebe on the sea. Otherwise 31 Red-throated Diver east and 800 Starling in off the sea were the only other notable birds.
Other birds on the land from the Fishing Boats included seven Lapwings on the beach and a first-winter Caspian Gull was in the gull roost. Also of interest a Great Skua was found dead along the strandline, it is not very often one of these succumbs.
An improvement in passerine numbers and variety was noted with 14 Siskin and 85 Goldfinch heading north overhead. Several Redwing, Song Thrush and Blackbird were whizzing around The Moat and the Trapping Area held two Woodcock, a Chiffchaff, a Firecrest, three Goldcrests, 14 Long-tailed Tit and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. At the Long Pits another Woodcock was noted as well as singles of Jack Snipe, Common Snipe, Grey Heron and a Kingfisher.
At least two Dartford Warbler were also present in the Broom at Kerton Triangle.
On the RSPB Reserve there was no sign of the Cattle Egret or the Ring-necked Duck but the Long-eared Owl was still present behind the dipping pond and two redhead Smew were on Burrowes Pit.
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