The Safari was eager to get the scope out of the draw and across the road because the sea was flat calm and ideal for cetacean watching.
The first birds seen were a couple of Manx Shearwaters cruising by in the middle distance. A Common Scoter was on the sea near a Red Throated Diver and another 40 odd fly south well out passed by three more going north; they just can't make their minds up these scoters...
Just over the water's edge a few Sandwich Terns blogged about with another 20 or so stood in a huddle down on the beach well to the south. Also along way to thee south was the only mammal of the watch, a Grey Seal.
Over head a few Meadow Pipits called and we're not sure if we heard the more buzzing call of a Tree Pipit. Much more positively ID'd were the five Whimbrels (156, P2 #61) that flew south perhaps to join their 150 odd buddies in the estuary.After lunch we didn't go out to Patch 2 again but headed for the nature reserve to get some habitat pics for a meeting later in the afternoon.
What a glorious afternoon to have been able to escape the office on - the sun shone down and there was no wind - no coat and our sleeves were rolled up - joy of joys!
We weren't able to do much wildlifing as time was short and we were on a mission but that never stops us appreciating being surrounded by bird song and the gentle scents of spring vegetation growing.
The warmth had brought out a good many butterflies and we saw our first whites, at least one was a Green Veined White enjoying some Blackthorn nectar if a little distantly across the prickly stuff.
Further round the corner we had our first Orange Tip too, what a corkin male! To think that not too many years ago these were almost unknown here. Peacocks and Small Tortoiseshells were all over the shop which was great to see, Peacocks too were almost unknown here 20 years ago!
Almost round to the start a Buzzard soared very close to the tree tops but turned and rose quickly to avoid a flurry of gulls and just a bit out of range.
Where to next? More Patch 2 shenanigans are likely.
In the meantime let us know if the expected actually did the decent thing and turned up in your outback.