Luckily, it stayed all day and was still about when I dashed over to Holmethorpe just before the light had gone at 8.20pm. I managed to get pretty decent views of the Garganey, it was now quite active, feeding and swimming around, even taking a brief flutter into the air to keep out of the way of some aggressive Coots.
|The drake Garganey at Holmethorpe in the half-light|
I've been keeping an eye on the weather and it turned to a breezy south-easterly today, which was good for seawatchers and likely Pomarine Skua movement. And so it proved, with decent numbers passing through the English Channel for Sussex and Kent birders to witness.
I'd made a late start to the morning on the patch,but I couldn't resist the urge to belt down to Splash Point at Seaford to see some migrating Skuas for myself.
Predictably, a large throng of birders were already set up at the Point and I managed to position myself close to Simon Linington, a director of Sussex Wildlife Trust and a top-notch birder, who kept many up-to-date with birds as they flew passed.
|Pomarine Skua passing Splash Point|
|An Arctic Skua in pursuit of a Sandwich Tern|
On the wader front there were decent numbers of Whimbrel, Bar-tailed Godwit and Knot, plus the odd Grey Plover, Sanderling, Dunlin and Turnstone.
The weather looks less encouraging tomorrow, more south than south east, but being a day off, I'll be heading to Seaford again early in the morning.