A pleasant couple of hours pre-work yesterday morning around Druridge Bay. Two fenceposts adorned with Common Buzzards on the way to East Chevington in the half light before dawn. I arrived at East Chevington just as the first golden crescent of dawn was visible over the sea in the east. The North Pool was packed with wildfowl, a redhead Smew that has been around for a few days along with a female Long-tailed Duck performed well. Two Shelduck were the first of the year as were a few Gadwall and Goldeneyes. A tribe of Long-tailed Tits in the birch behind the hide added another new species for 2012.
Druridge Pools was thick with Wigeon and Teal but 3 drake Pintails and several drake Shovelers added some variety. Amongst the Curlews and Redshanks a single Common Snipe was noted. After a week without a Dunnock (how is that possible?) I finally set my eyes on two in the shelter belt. A small party of Linnets fed in the dunes north of Hemscott Hill, no Twite despite looking, maybe my mistake was stopping the car.
A male Stonechat sat just off the roadside south of the Cresswell Pond entrance and a single Purple Sandpiper and 3 Grey Plovers at Snab Point ended my short session before work.