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Only four members braved the strong south- westerly wind, low clouds and rain. We started in the coastguards car park shelter for some sea watching which provided a dozen birds including gannet, red throated diver and common scoter. On the way to the empty north hide we saw some very puffed up skylarks foraging in the shingle – the purple sandpiper was absent and we later discovered that the glaucous gull had gone to Horsey! Two marsh harriers caused the usual panic and sent us to the reserve centre for a warm up, glasses demist, and coffee. The Whitwell hide gave good views of the only spoonbill but there were some very smart pintail and avocets. Total about 39 species plus one hare.

The weather put us off doing any photogr


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