Lade - cloudy, mild, light airs - The local patch was like a birding graveyard this morning with just the usual wildfowl on the water and a few Blackbirds in the scrub.
St Mary`s Bay - However, our fourth attempt at trying to locate the Facebook Five along the coast was far more successful thanks to the presence of several local birders who`d already located the five Snow Buntings (212), which according to social media had been here for a week or more. The flock was feeding on weed seeds amongst a thin strip of rough grass between the walkway and the beach in typical ground-hugging bunting fashion, but when they flew onto the shingle their camouflage was such that they seemed to disappear! Eventually, a few more birders arrived and we all enjoyed superb close views of these little Arctic crackers as they fed only a few yards away.
Also noted hereabouts several Mipits, Skylarks, Pied Wagtails and a Rock Pipit, plus a few Sanderlings and gulls along the tideline.
Boulderwall -Another visit to the pool for the drake Ring-necked Duck was much more satisfactory as this time it was awake and swimming around showing off its stripy bill. The Cattle Egret was also still present, as was the grey Stonechat in the Kerton Road triangle scrub.
Tower Pits - A late afternoon wander down to the pines and out back delivered a tidy flock of 20 odd Long-tailed Tits with two each of Goldcrest and Chiffchaff in the mix, plus a few Blackbirds, Great Tits, Cetti`s Warblers and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. On ARC two Great White Egrets and all the usual ducks and Lapwings.