Spent the day at Shellness and Swale NNR today. Ebird list HERE
Highlight was the huge flock of Curlews- estimated 1000+. I wasn't expecting much in the strong south west winds but it was good to get into a decent birding area and also reeced out an area for passerines . Fingers crossed now for some decent weather that coincides with some free time. Had a couple of Whinchats, 3 Wheatears, 1 Blackcap and about 60 Swallows and a few Sand Martins hawking in sheltered areas.
Had a flock of House Martins go low over the yard this morning but didn't see any on the coast.
Had a Grey Seal in the Swale too.
Curlews - see below for some more pics of the impressive flock and some video
Dunlin and Ringed Plover
I did a rough count of 1700 Oystercatchers at high tide
6 Common Terns included this juvenile