...shame no one told this GBB which caught and killed an adult female Mallard on Marshside Two today, before tearing it to shreds. You may well look guilty Mr Gull.
The GBB spent most its time fending off Magpies, Carrion Crows (including one with partial albino wings) and an LBB, which were all interested in sharing its meal.
Left the hide and Bill Aspin (who had watched the kill, and probably needs counselling now) and walked up towards Crossens.
This cute little juv Merlin looked quite festive on the outer marsh, until a Skylark made the mistake off calling nearby, and the falcon was off after it with the type of murderous speed only a Merlin can muster.
And I have to say that the gorgeous Stoat that bounded through the vegetation beneath Marine Drive hardly looked like it had peace and love on its mind either.
70+ Pochards on the Sandplant pools, with Little Grebe too, and the Water Rail was showing under the left hand side of the Sandgrounders Hide early on apparently.
At least 1,000 Golden Plovers on the inner fields, with a similar number of Lapwings, and on the outer marsh, 6 of the Little Egrets were visible.
Light was appalling (as the pics above prove amply I'm afraid), so I took off down to Taggs Island for a walk through the swamp there.
Pretty quiet, with Robin, Meadow Pipits and Reed Bunting, but about 3,000 Barwits on the incoming tide, and a similar number, if not more, Oystercatcher.
Grey Plover, Sanderling, Knot etc too.
Two Great Crested Grebes offshore.
One Jack Snipe (the first I have seen down here in a month or so) in the wettest area, about 100 metres south of the new walkway that cuts right through the marsh to the beach.
A Grey Wagtail here at the outfall of the River Nile.
About 500 gulls on the sands, but nowt out of the ordinary amongst them.
Right off to bed now, or Father Christmas won't bring me a Rubythroat.
Hope you all have a tremendous time.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies....