The Safari drove down the Prom looking at the mirror calm sea with some serious expectations. We went more straight out with the scope and soon found a longed for bird.
The watch started well with 18 Whooper Swans heading out to sea on their way back to Iceland. Better was to come; on the beach sat with just five Oystercatchers was a Sandwich Tern, (125) spring has finally begun for the Safari!
Out at sea the majority of the Common Scoters were sat on the sea almost at the horizon. Between us and them we found at least 10 Great Crested Grebes and eight Eiders were found.
All of a sudden there was a mass movement of scoters and we studied them intently hoping for a Velvet Scoter, none found but we did find a Long Tailed Duck flying with them - always nice to find the odd one out even if it is the 'wrong' one.
A few Meadow Pipits and 'alba' Wagtails went over but the flood gates were hardly open.
Another look at lunchtime wasn't so productive but two Sandwich Terns including our first diving foray...unsuccessful this time but we're sure there'll be plenty of little fish necked in front of us over the coming months.
Way out on the meteorological mast it was so clear we could see three Cormorants! But clear as it was there wasn't much to see.
Where to next? Patch 2 maybe 'even' better tomorrow - will it?
In the meantime let us know if spring is on the move in your outback.