A cold brisk north-westerly today, promising some surprises on the sea.
Hello, who's this in my favourite seawatching spot? I drew back to avoid scaring the bird off, then reached out my arm with the camera to take some speculative shots - it remained unperturbed, so I slunk off, relinquishing my post.
A flock of Black-Headed Gulls loafed around on the surf, waiting for any tidbits to be washed up, while a stream of Great Black-Backed Gulls floated north into the wind. But apart from a Red-Throated Diver and some Brent Geese also flying north, there was little else to see.
Later, I went to check out the newly-renovated sea-watching hide at the end of Deal pier (they call it a cafe, but what do they know?)
Impressive design, and nicely full of punters - and the usual sea-watching corner, where we lurked out of the wind by the disabled toilet, has also been improved. Seating, no less!
And yes, Stumpy the Turnstone is back, for the umpteenth year in succession, still feeding off the anglers' rubbish.