Anyway, spirits weren't too dampened as I headed towards the dunes. A Chiffchaff was singing at the staithe and a Fieldfare chacked away as a pair of adult Mediterranean Gulls called overhead. The Pochard x Ferruginous Duck hybrid I saw last time (two weeks ago) was still present.
By time I'd reached Gun Hill and returned to the boardwalk I hadn't added much to the day's tally - Barn Owl and 5 Red-breasted Mergansers was about it, and the only migrant was a Chiffchaff in the sea buckthorn.
Barn Owl, Burnham Overy, 28th March
Now more raptors were showing - a Red Kite or two and the Rough-legged Buzzard being the best.
Rough-legged Buzzard, Burnham Overy, 28th March
I birded the east dunes more in hope than expectation but it proved worthwhile. Best was a Firecrest skulking in brambles at the east end. These photos are quite representative of the sort of views it was giving.
Firecrest, Burnham Overy, 28th March
As I walked back through the valley on the north side a smart male Wheatear showed.
Wheatear, Burnham Overy, 28th March
There are still a few Golden Plover around. A minority are starting to look quite summery like the first one below, but most are more like the second photo.
Golden Plovers, Burnham Overy, 28th March
As I returned past the reedy pool I noticed a Spoonbill feeding in a wet area beyond the main pool. Back near the staithe I watched a Red Kite feeding on the ground. Couldn't tell what it was eating - a Pheasant maybe?
Red Kite, Burnham Overy, 28th March