We pressed on to the seawall where we were lucky, on the falling tide, to find three Curlew Sandpipers (#189 for the Twitchmeister) quite close in. In the distance there were good numbers of Knot, Dunlin and Lapwings, a sprinkling of Curlew and one Grey Plover. Behind us on the lagoon 5 Avocet were feeding. No sign of the Pec Sand or the Spot Red of course.
Back at the 3rd viewing platform we were about to leave when a fem/imm Merlin flashed by scattering Meadow Pipits everywhere but failed to catch any of them. A burst of adrenalin for both of us and lifer #190 for Geth. The Merlin, with a suitably narked look on his face having not managed to catch its lunch, settled on a pile of cut reeds for a while so we were able to enjoy 'scope views of it. That is until the Boy Birder got impatient and wanted to move on to Uskmouth.
Uskmouth was quiet and flippin cold. The usual suspects were there but no sign of the Marsh Harrier or any Beardies (a bit windy?). We only heard one very distant and brief burst from a Cetti's Warbler. Geth wants to go back again tomorrow, but as I currently have a 95% dip rate at Uskmouth, I'm not holding by breath.