I decided to try for the American Wigeon this morning and arrived at a bitterly cold Ynyslas around 8.30. As is usual in hard weather there were more Redshank around than usual, and a group of waders near the posts consisted of 30 plus Dunlin, a Grey Plover and a surprise Greenshank.
I walked along to the Leri bank by the boatyard waiting for the Wigeon to emerge, but a very noisy boat came down the Leri and flushed the lot. When they did come down to earth almost all dropped into the saltmarsh out of sight so that was that.
As Chris had mentioned, there were vast numbers of gulls on the sea, the majority between the toilet block and the golf clubhouse. Hundreds of auks, many close in, were mostly Razorbills, and around 35 Gannets were around, some feeding, some resting.
Great Crested Grebes and Red-throated Divers in good numbers, but some were quite far out, and by this time I couldn't feel my fingers, so no count today.