Good-sized tide and plenty of sunshine lured me onto Taggs Island this morning for a few hours - and it wasn't bad.
Large finch flocks (Linnets and Goldfinch) bouncing about, with Siskin and Greater 'Pecker over, plenty of Meadow Pipits, Reed Buntings and Skylarks, alba wags, two Sprawks, two Red Breasted Mergs offshore, Kestrel, three Little Egrets, two Jack Snipe, 10+ Common Snipe and a Lapland Bunting which came up out of the vegetation off the boardwalk and after a typical dry rattle (such a distinctive call), headed off to the north never to be seen again.
Probably still lurking in there somewhere though.
Nice to see the Jack Snipes again too, but the only thing that sat still long enough for an over exposed pic was one of the Little Egrets.
From Taggs, I headed north to Marshside, where the juvenile Black Tern was daintily feeding on Polly's Creek when it wasn't being hassled by Lapwing, or resting on the banks.
Lovely little bird, I watched it for about 45 minutes.
Two Marsh Harriers on the outer marsh and a Peregrine overhead.
Didn't get as far as Old Hollows Farm for the Pec/Curlew Sand/Little Stint combo, maybe some other time.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...