A great day out with Mick down the west country. We started of a Broadsands in Devon with a bit of mist and saw 6 Cirl Buntings (including 2 males) at the feeding station.
The weather soon cleared up and the temperature rose to 14 celcius and at Dawlish Warren there was a flat calm sea allowing the female Surf Scoter to be easily picked out. Also on the sea were 2 Slavonian Grebes and some Shags.
Alot of time was then spent at Exminster Marshes RSPB where a huge effort was later rewarded with good views of the drake American Wigeon. A bit of a relief after an hour of searching through the numerous Wigeon flocks. Also present were Ruff and Black-tailed Godwits and Avocets were in the channel.
A quick stop into Somerset was next to Chard Sewage Works and yet again after a long wait the next target species was seen well, a Yellow-browed Warbler. A Siberian Chiffchaff showed well also and a Dipper was on the small stream.
Our final stop of the day was to Chard Junction GPs in Dorset. The 2 drake Ring-necked Ducks showed well and ended a good day.