Overcast with a brisk westerly breeze and the occasional shower on the 5th but with most of our focus on the array of other things happening at the Obs time in the field was limited; the first Short-eared Owl of the autumn was flushed off a freshly killed Redshank at Brides was the highlight while the Goldcrest lingered in Holland gardens and a Heron and a good selection of waders were around the Brides coast.
A completely different day on the 6th with endless blue skies, warm sunshine and a light westerly breeze which had switched round to the east by the afternoon. Good counts of 47 Ringed Plover, 69 Sanderling and 390 Golden Plover were on The Links, a Merlin flashed by the school and just 5 Sand Martins remained from the unprecedented breeding numbers this year. Two juvenile Willow Warblers were trapped in Holland during the evening, perhaps a result of the easterly wind where there were also 150 Linnets coming into roost and the 4 Collared Doves still.
Short-eared Owl, photos Simon Davies