Two key things needed for a late November sea-watch. With the wind having a northerly element and yesterday's deluge just a distant flood in the field, a sea-watch was the chosen start to my birding this morning. I figured a Little Auk might be on the cards though this turned out not to be the case (though I see others further north had more joy).
As expected there wasn't a great deal on offer, apart from a single Puffin all the auks were Guillemots. The highlight of my hour was a single Manx Shearwater that moved north close inshore; I need to check but I suspect it's my latest ever. Seven Gannets also moved north along with a hodge-podge of wildfowl, mainly Common Scoters (c.200), two Shelducks, 3 Goldeneyes and a handful of Teal lent a little variety.
Later this morning I took the dog for a little wander locally around Bothal Church and Mill, all the expected local birds put in an appearance including Jay, Nuthatch and Great Spotted Woodpecker,though a local Grey Heron perched above the in spate Wansbeck looked rather forlorn.
This afternoon was taken up with shopping for the wife's Christmas present, a 1200mm steel replacement radiator. Wrapping paper cost a fortune as it needed two rolls. Can't wait to see her face...