Was out with Steve Holiday at St.Mary’s to try again for the Water Pipit. It was there today on the rocks in the North Bay with a Grey Wagtail.
I am 40% sure that I saw one here was winter but today it was confirmed.
Next we went in search of White winged gulls at Blyth harbour.
There were no sign of any Iceland or Glacous but there were GBB Gull, 56 Eider, 1 female Red Breasted Merganser, a Juv Shag and a Grey Seal which was eating a fish and giving us very good views.
Onto the Blyth Estuary, and there were 60 Golden Plover, 10 Bar tailed Godwit, 150 Lapwing and 19 Shellduck.
At Arcot Pond there are now a pair of Mute Swans as well as the Gadwall pair, 10 Mallard, 7 Tufted Duck, 26 Teal, 2 Goldeneye, 2 Coot, 4 Snipe (flushed by the bread hungry Mutes) and 3 Pochard- Patch Tick. That takes my crammy total too 60 for the year.
We also checked the marshy field between East and West Hartford, which I should do more often. It held 200+ Linnet, 3 Grey Heron and 70+ Teal.