The first bird we noticed from the main hide was a one-legged Oystercatcher. Birds often stand on one leg, for example the Avocet in the picture, but the Oystercatcher was hopping on it too, so the other leg is missing or not working. The Avocet was one of a pair sharing the little island with the Oystercatcher, some Shovelers and best of all a nice little Wood Sandpiper.
As we watched a Redshank flew in, giving us a good chance to compare size and colouring with the smaller Wood Sandpiper
Strangely there was not a single Gull anywhere in sight. perhaps they have all gone out to sea looking for food after all the storms have finally abated.