Better weather today for our morning constitutional around Seaton Point. A light SE2-3, dull but getting brighter and milder than recently.
The sea was still very lumpy. Last night I got a call from Mike Puxley who has recently become a part time Northumbrian ( he's from Kent) to say that he had a Little Gull off here yesterday. No sign today in a short scan. He'd also had Hooded Crow and Little Egret at Budle Bay. Little Gull is a good record in winter anywhere in the county, the best time being May - September. I'll check more thouroughly tomorrow.
Off here were 65 Wigeon and 6 Red breasted Merganser, another flew south as did a female Goldeneye. Up the caravan site were 21 Linnets, a Reed Bunting, 2 male Stonechats and a Kestrel.
Back in the village, 18 Bar tailed Godwits and 26 Dunlin were on the beach. 100 Lapwings were at the pond ( now a shadow of its former self, looks like Coot is still just the stuff of dreams).
This evening at 4pm a short walk behind the small caravan site added Yellowhammer and Magpie to the list, while a Heron flew over the car in the gloaming on the way home.
42. Reed Bunting.
( 5th January 2007? 46! Its a close run thing.)