Spent an hour or two down at Marshside today, plenty of Blackwits on Marshside One, but flighty; 2 Little Egrets on the outer marsh (I'm sure there were more hidden in the vegetation) and a female Goldeneye at the Junction Pools area.
Between 70 and 80 Pochard on the Sandplant Pool, with Golden Plover and Lapwing facing into the wind on Marshside Two.
Walked down to Nel's Hide to have a look at the three Scaup, which were dozing (like just about everything else today) in front of the hide with a pair of Pintail and the odd Shelduck, waking occasionally to preen or just hassle Tufties nearby.
A small gull roost building at the bottom of Marshside One, mainly BHGs, but I decided to head down to Taggs Island to check the gulls there instead - there were good numbers of birds strung out along the beach there (perhaps 2,000+) but just the five common species amongst them.
One or two BHGs were coming into summer plumage.
Windy as hell.
Just one Snipe in the Taggs reedbed and a few Skylarks.
A Sprawk was hunting over the dunes, sailing into the wind like a tiny Montagu's Harrier. Very graceful behaviour for such a thug.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...