After yesterdays brilliant outing I was really up for going out at the crack of dawn again today. With Whooper Swans, a bird I have never seen before, being reported at Seasalter I thought I would make that the first port of call.
Not a lot about really with no Whoopers but there was the biggest Bearded Tit flock I'd ever seen, reaching about twenty and hearing far more. Plenty of Lapwings hitting about 2 to 3 hundred and thousands of Golden Plover flying around every now and then. The resident flock of Brents were there as well. On my way back as I got to the Sportsman pub 5 Waxwings flew West which was a highlight of the trip.
Seeing those Waxwings encouraged my thought of going to Tesco car park to see if any were about like early last year but no luck with that. I then moved to Hampton to see if I could find Purple Sandpiper and get a picture of it/them. When I arrived there was one in amongst the Turnstones which didn't help me. The Turnstones were quite flighty and every time they went so did the Purple Sandpiper. I did manage a picture but not as good as earlier this year.
|Bearded Tits, not the best picture but a 'nice' one|
|Purple Sandpiper from today|
|Purple Sandpiper from early this year|