The Safari has been out n about in the morning and at lunchtime these last couple of days. Not a great deal of over-excitment but yesterday we had one Shelduck (P2 #27) in both sessions and an Eider again.
Today the sea was like a carpet barely a ripple as far as the eye could see. We hoped to see a fin or two from at least a Harbour Porpoise but none showed up, not even a Grey Seal was out there.
What was out there was the largest number of Common Scoters we've ever seen! We didn't have time to count them it would have taken forever but we sort of guesstimated in the region of 10000 of them. There was probably at least one of each of Velvet Scoter and Surf Scoters in with them but they were far too far out to be able to see anything other than tiny black dots. The spectacle was amazing too take in and well worth over-stepping our lunch break time for.
Much closer were a Razorbill, a Great Crested Grebe, two Red Throated Divers and very close by a flock of about 30 Dunlin (P2 #28) with a few Sanderlings mixed in flew by going to roost as the tide rose.
But we weren't finished yet. Once back over the road we heard a Wren (P2 #29) in the work's garden - nice, although seen annually they're far from regular here.
Where to next? Bit of a different day tomorrow please join the nature reserve's Facebook page to find out all the news as it happens. There's a sightings group too, please join in the conversations.
In the meantime let us know what's blown the lid of the calculator in your outback.