A visit to the coast is always interesting at this time of year, as you never know what birds could have arrived or be passing through. At one end of the scale we've had encounters with Yellow-Browed and Barred Warblers this year.
On our recent visit to East Lothian we enjoyed Ruff, Redshanks and a Spotted Redshank that day. The incoming tide brought this foraging Curlew close to us letting us enjoy it's feeding and preening antics. It didn't seem a rare bird to us but recent bird studies have shown that it has declined by half in only 10 years. That's a really worrying statistic.