The Sandpiper was a no show but during the day we did manage eighteen other species of wader. Geese numbers are beginning to build and we saw a few skiens of Pink-footed Geese but fewer numbers of Brent Geese. No Greater White-fronted Geese as yet. Little Egrets were to be seen most everywhere along the east bank and yet it does not seem that long ago that I twitched one of these in Lincolnshire!
Out on the beach there was a pair of Red-throated Divers feeding just two or three metres away from the shore line. They were happy enough concentrating on feeding and ignored the photographers on the beach.
We saw over 90 species over the couple of days but Saturday will be remembered for the movement of Starlings. Throughout the day groups of birds were flying westwards along the coast. We estimated that between six and seven thousand birds flew by whilst we were out. There must have been thousands more earlier and after we stopped birding. Wither did they go?