Arriving at first light we took the footpath to the beach, noting a pair of Goldeneye on the pools.
A short walk along the beach and the three Shorelarks were quickly found feeding along the water's edge.
Light conditions were poor, but there were signs that the sunshine wasn't far away. Eventually the stiff winds pushed the clouds away and some sunshine shone through.
On the walk back to the car, another scan of the pools produced a newly arrived and smart looking redhead Smew.
From here we headed for North Warren in search of Bean Geese.
A quick scan of the surrounding fields produced a nice flock of Barnacle Geese, then another scan further along the road got us onto a group of 15 Bean Geese.
Good scope views were had, and two ticks added to the year list.