Moving on to the causeways we added Spoonbill; Smew (1 redhead and 3 drakes); Goosander; Whooper Swan and Red Breasted Merganser.
Next we headed to Mersey where we added many waders to the day list including of note Spotted Redshank and Greenshank! We were disappointed not to find any Snow Buntings on the island itself, and moved on to Rolls Farm.
Up to 6 Great Northern Divers showed distantly, with around the same number of Slav Grebes providing better views. A single Red Throated Diver was added to the day list and Shaun and Hawky done well to spot a distant Barn Owl roosting in a tree some distance away.
We moved on to Braxted Golf Course hoping for Hawfinch, but none could be found. We made the 40 minute journey to Southend so the lads could year tick Rossi the Ring Billed Gull. Having been the previous day it was my second to Rossi in 2 days. From the sea front at Westcliffe a Black Throated Diver showed very distantly, and a few Med Gulls were seen.
The highlight of the day though had to be look on Jono's face after discovering he had kneeled in dog sh*t to take yet another photo of yet another Turnstone. Classic.Tick that mate!