The sea today was graced by 25 Great Crested Grebes along with two Guillemots. However, good counts of species included 1,000 Cormorant, 250 Shelduck, 9,000 Oystercatchers, 8,000 Knot, 250 Curlew and 150 Turnstone and 11 Purple Sandpipers. But more impressive was the count of 146 Brent Geese which is high for so early in the 'winter'.
Passerines included singles of Pied Wagtail, Song Thrush and Chaffinch as well as 5 Linnet and 6 Blackbirds.
The highlights of the day were a Little Egret which came 'in off' the sea, the first Woodcock of the autumn on Gropper Ridge (South End) and a Bonxie over the sea opposite the Obs.
A single Red Admiral was another indication of how mild the temperatures are at the moment.