Sunday 17th April
A lovely sunny calm day today and the sea was like a mill pond, but good weather attracts hordes of Jo Public, so I thought I'd leave the patch until this evening until the "Jo" had thinned out a bit. The Bonaparte's Gull re-appeared briefly this evening from 18.05 - 18.10 sat on the estuary high tide, and then flew high west over Budleigh until lost to view. I'm sure I could have seen it from the garden! Also this evening, 2 Teal, the lone drake Gadwall, 14+ Shelduck, 14 Whimbrel east, a single Ringed Plover and a cracking group of 35+ pale-bellied Brent Geese west over the glassy sea.