Dull but brighter later, breezy SW4.
Possibly the rarest sighting of the day at Boulmer was the pond that had formed in the usual spot. I took a photo on my phone because it won't be there next week. I can hear JCB's starting up as I type this...
51 Bait Diggers in the Haven was a good count, possibly an influx related to recent weather patterns. They had turned over the whole mudflat as efficiently as a tractor pulled plough in an attempt to denude the shore of lugworms.
As a result of this increased activity few birds were around at low tide. I ventured back down with B later in the afternoon.
1 Great Northern Diver drifted south off Seaton Point, 1 Swan, probably a Whooper, was on the sea about a mile offshore. Binoculars only meant id was down to shape and jizz only. 5+ Purple Sandpipers were at Seaton Point while 4 Red breasted Mergansers were on the sea. 75 Redshanks fed on the pond edge ( Did you see that? I said 'pond'. I'm filling up, this is an emotional event here...no sign of the Baird's. Must have gone.) Also around about were 5 Tree Sparrows, a couple of Goldcrests, 100+ Lapwings, 40+ Curlew and a Grey Seal guzzling a flattie just offshore.