Managed a 2 hour seawatch today in blustery NNW's (admittedly not at the best time of the day - 11.50 to 13.50).
Highlight was undoubtedly the party of 5 Long-tailed Skuas that drifted reasonably high south over the sea. Best of the rest were 4 Arctic Skua, 2 summer plumaged Red-throated Diver, a Purple Sandpiper N (my 2nd in 3 days) & 68 Common Scoter, A good selection of waders heading north though - Golden Plover, Grey Plover, Curlew, Knot, Bar-tailed Godwit, Oystercatcher, Dunlin & Sanderling all went through.
After the seawatch I dropped in at Sea View where the best bird was a Pied Flycatcher, with 3 Lesser Whitethroats & 6 Willow Warblers also seen.
With Wrynecks, Barred & Wood Warblers across the water in the Spurn area & an Icterine reported at Sea View, I thought I'd better check the local patch. In blustery conditions all I could manage were a few Willow Warblers, Lesser Whitethroats & a Reed Warbler. 3 Marsh Harriers together over Pyes was a nice sight and a fourth bird was seen on the southern section of the reserve. Other birds seen included Merlin, Whimbrel, 5 Green Sandpiper & 3 Greenshank. I then checked the tide edge & though I failed to see any skuas or shearwaters, I was surprised to find a Purple Sandpiper there. I've only ever seen one previous bird on the patch and that was along the same stretch of beach almost exactly a year ago (30/8/09). Purple Sandpipers are quite a scarce sight in Lincolnshire as we just don't have the right habitat for them and Donna Nook reflects this with sand & mud flats & no rocky habitat whatsoever. Purple Sandpiper is one of my favourite waders, probably because they are usually quite approachable - this particular individual was no exception....