Braved the wet and windy W - SW's this pm but probably shouldn't have bothered. Think we are in that period where a lot of winter stuff has moved on & we are waiting for the spring migrants to arrive. Anything still present probably stayed low today in the mod - strong winds. The male Hen Harrier & Greenshank continue to stay put. A Merlin was on the marsh. 83 Cormorants on a sandbar at the tide edge was a good count. A lone Song Thrush halfway down the track was probably an outward bound migrant. No sign of any Laplands in the usual spot, 10 Reed Buntings still there though. Only 2 Little Egrets seen - there has clearly been a reduction of Little Egrets present on the marsh over the winter, presumably having moved off due to the cold weather, with an clear increase of inland birds recorded.