It was a rainy visit today with Paul S as we marvelled at the delights on offer across the draining South Basin. It was nice to bump into Lee E on the causeway and compare counts! At the beginning of my scanning, a Turnstone appeared on the edge of one of the islands but soon vanished into the ether. Other bits included a juvenile Black Tern, around 20 Common Terns, four Greenshanks, a juvenile Ruff, nine Black-tailed Godwits, two Snipe, a scattering of Ringed Plovers and Dunlin, a Black-necked Grebe (and, more unusually for Staines, two Little Grebes) and two Shelducks. Some 80 Shovelers were feeding, along with 50 Teal.