Most of the Herring gulls this morning were to the west of the island (4,500), to the east were good numbers of Grey Plover (230) and 8 Bar-tailed Godwits on the tide edge and another flock of 27 flying passed the north end.
Other wader counts today before the tide were 120 Knot, 30 Dunlin, 10 Sanderling, 50 Turnstones and just 2 Purple Sandpipers. Purple Sandpiper numbers have been very disappointing this winter following a slow decline here over the last few years.
On the sea were 8 Great Crested Grebes, about 80 distant Common Scoter and a single Red-throated Diver. Two Peregrines hunted the shore.
The only land birds of note were 6 Robins, a Rock Pipit and 2 Song Thrushes. Four Little Egrets and a Grey Heron were also on the log. Signs again of a Red Fox on the island, droppings and scent noted yesterday and footprints this morning.
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