The tide was rising and a small wader with a slightly odd call scooted by, proved to be just a small, short billed Dunlin on follow up.
All fairly uneventful until I got to the gardens. A Song Thrush, and something else dived into a garden. Eventually it showed but partly obscured by a leaf, it really did look like a Dunnock (more #patchgold). It flew, and into the next garden which is tricky to watch (house gets in the way). As I was getting an angle on the Sycamores a Phyllosc flicked in the Rosa rugosa nearby, ah! Yellow-browed, nice. A very flightly YbW, whizzed about between the gardens and at one point flew off inland before turning round and coming back. I couldn't locate the Dunnock, darn!
Checked the other gardens for not much and then got back to the car, mmm, a gang of small waders up the end of the beach, maybe that small wader was not just a Dunlin and I'd been muddled. I drove up and looked from the cliff. A Jack Snipe wandered into the scope view, well that was a surprise!
Don't think I've ever seen one so well.
Then a stop at Barony Mill to look for more passerines, what's that? A Dunnock. That will do very nicely.
No photos of the Dunnock but a smart Starling and a subtle hybrid crow...
Quite a subtle hybrid but black centres to those edge mantle feathers and some dark body feathers part hidden by the wings.
Grey Heron - four on the shore