Lade - mild, dry, sunny, sw 4 - Following a blustery wet night it was good to see some blue sky and sunshine this morning, although with a keen wind out of the west. Continuing with our staying-local-on-a-Sunday regime we worked every corner of the local patch: Mockmill - Snipe, Stonechat and Water Rail; Desert - first Skylark of the year (not that I`m year listing, of course); south lake - 12 Dabchicks, two Goldeneyes the highlights; willow swamp - Smew; north lake - more Goldeneyes and two distant Marsh Harriers over the farmland.
And so to the beach where the tideline was smothered in masses of glutinous squid eggs, shellfish and a few barrel jellyfish. It often happens this way after a rough night; unfortunately there was also plenty of man-made plastics and detritus from commercial fishing boats. On the bay an ebb tide had already attracted a decent selection of returning waders including, 300 Oystercatchers, 100 Sanderlings, 50 Dunlins, 25 Bariwts, 30 Knots, 55 Curlews and 12 Grey Plovers.