Lade - warm, overcast, N 3 - Following a hectic weekend up in Dunstable this morning made for a pleasant return to normality in the peace and quiet of the local patch. Sitting in the garden just after daybreak it was good to see three Chiffchaffs and a Blackcap in the fir trees, no doubt having been grounded by the overnight showers of light rain, along with plenty of Sandwich Terns calling raucously from the bay. More Chiffchaffs and a couple of Reed Warblers were noted around the ponds along with a trickle of Swallows over the lakes heading south. This evening a Little Egret on the beach was an unusual record.
An hour from the seawatch hide mid-morning produced our first 12 Brent Geese of the autumn down Channel, plus three Wigeon, 20 Kittiwakes, 30 Gannets and several Arctic Skuas harrying the Sandwich Terns. A few parties of Swallows and Meadow Pipits came in and a Grey Wagtail was on the sewage plant in A station.