Whinchat Sponge (143)
A single Swift (144) was my first of the year, at a slightly higher altitude than the hirundines - maybe a foot. I hadn't noticed that my phone was on 'silent' mode, and I'd missed two texts reporting a patch mega. It was opposite the Axmouth FC ground, somewhere I was planning to check anyway, but I was very glad of the warning and thus avoided any medical issues.
Egyptian Goose (145) guards access to a Taunton Stop Line Pillbox
There were also 14 Whimbrel in the Egyptian Goose field.
By now the wind was veering round from NE towards SE and the sea therefore beckoned. From 16:45 - 18:05 was quite productive. Best was a Little Tern feeding offshore - and present for the duration - but there was plenty of other interest. Ian M joined me for a while, and as we'd both forgotten notebooks the following tally is mostly approximate...
1 Grey Plover, 1 Little Tern, 4 Whimbrel, 140 Manxies, 1 Bonxie, 80 Kittiwakes, 10 Sandwich Terns, 30 Common Scoter. The only auks we bothered counting were Puffins and Black Guillemots. Well, we would have bothered...
I forgot to mention 3 Barwits on the river, 2 of which were in summer plumage. These were nice, but not yearticks, so fairly pointless.