We've not really had much chance for birding since the last visit to Holes Bay, but this venue always gives at this time of year.
Walking down to Holes Bay looking over one of the fields a large oak had a large flock of Redwing and a few Song Thrush going through the leaf litter, while a Jay sat on a branch above watching on.
Jess then picked up a Goldcrest feeding in the branches on a tree next to us, while around us Robins, Song Thrush and Great Tits sang.
Reaching the boardwalk we enjoyed the beautiful sight of Black-tailed Godwits flying over our heads and into the adjacent fields. We had a quick look over this part bay not wanting to dawdle too much as we wanted to get over to the side of the bay before the tide went out to far. There were more Black-tailed Godwits, Curlew, Avocet, Redshank and the ducks included Shoveler, Pintail and of course Wigeon and Teal. Then going through the godwits in the field we found a couple with colour rings which I hope I should know more about soon.
Coming out at the other side of the bay one of the first birds we saw as a female Stonechat on the marshy vegetation and behind us the familiar calling of Long-tailed Tits. Looking out to the bay we had hoped to find the Smew again, but this time we were not lucky, nor did we have Spoonbill. However there was still plenty to see with the usual Wigeon, Teal, Redshank, a few Oystercatchers and Avocet also a single Grey Heron. By the outfall a Little Egret and Spotted Redshank and looking down the PC drain the usual Kingfisher was on show. Though very distant we could see Chiffchaffs flitting about as did a Grey Wagtail, a pair of Gadwall and a Moorhen was on the water.
Little Egret, Holes Bay outfall © Jackie Hull