Started an afternoon potter at West Hartford where I was very please to record my highest dunlin count to date - a whole nine birds! They were joined by sixty lapwing, a few black-headed gull, herring, lesser black backed and three common gull. Overhead three common buzzard roamed the River Blyth valley and two stonechat continue to show in the marshy field.
At St Mary's I joined a few of the lads for an hours sea watch - very little of note: two arctic skua being about the best on offer, a few auks north, gannet, kittiwake etc. I'd missed a close in red necked grebe and a few sooty shearwater... A flock of wigeon contained two pintail.