On an early afternoon walk from Instow to Yelland we were treated to a lone avocet among the large numbers of dunlin and golden plovers. There were also plenty of Brent geese, wigeon, teal, several grey plovers, and the odd redshank. There were mallard and a pair of little grebes on the pond, 6 little egret and heron with loads of lapwing in the fields – 3 great crested grebes, 3 eider and a male scaup off the rocks and a couple of sanderling on the shore.