Well the day dawned and seemed rather dull and miserable but we headed off with our picnic to South Gare to meet anyone who was prepared to brave the inclement weather and see what was around. We were surprised to find that about 15 brave souls turned out with us and by the end of the morning we were probably all glad we had come. We had a great morning starting off at the cars with Black Guillemot, Red Throated Divers and Merlin and Hen Harrier. A short walk on the the shoreline produced a Goldcrest and shortly after an obliging Woodcock flew through. A Reed Bunting and a Lesser Redpoll were by the Gully and then we had excellent sightings of a Short Eared Owl. 3 Twite obliged later in the morning along with the Hen Harrier again. It was good to spend the morning with a good bunch of folk and meet some new faces and together we managed to find quite a few birds. A good day was had by all even though we dipped out on the Humes and Black Redstart. We stayed on well into the afternoon and managed to get further sightings of the Hen Harrier as it quartered the beach before returning to the dunes.
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