The first was the White-spotted Bluethroat seen relatively easily along a line of reeds at West Langney Lakes. This site was far better than I had expected with a large waterbody providing suitable habitat for water birds, and an extensive reedbed where the distance pinging of Bearded Tit could be heard. This would be a great local patch.
As for the Bluethroat, this looked like a 1st winter bird, it was well marked but it's behaviour and form made it a real joy to observe as it scavenged for invertebrates on a cold frosty morning.
With the knowledge that a decline in the weather was forecast around midday, I headed down to Sovereign Harbour to search for the Black Guillemot that had been present for a few weeks in the unfamiliar surroundings of the south.
The wander round the harbour was most agreeable, overlooked by new residential developments made it look like quite a desirable location with its shopping area, cool cafes, and free parking!
Having wandered around for a while, the Black Guillemot was eventually located beyond the gate bridge. It was a really smart bird showing signs of moult into summer plumage.