A breezy Tuesday morning, saw me arrive at Peterstone Gout for the high tide. Bullfinches showed well in the hedges on the way to the seawall, as did Redwings.
On the sea, Wigeon, Pintail, Shoveler and Shelduck were all present in reasonable numbers. Curlews, Dunlin, Grey Plover and 2 flypast Bar Tailed Godwits were all reasonably close, as were about 200 Redshank. Little Egrets were enevitable!
As I started to walk back, a small slate grey raptor with direct, low flight flew past me, and along a hedge, before disappearing into it. 20 minutes later it had not reappeared. Another birder later confirmed that the hedge in question is the favourite hiding place for the Merlin that has been seen from time to time here recently.
No Water Pipits showed, and even Meadow Pipits were mainly flyovers.
Still, a pleasant, although chilly time was had.