If you think that was bad you’ll be glad you weren’t with us at lunchtime when even less happened. The tide was now on the rise and a gentle north westerly had picked up but it hadn’t improved matters any. Visibility was still nigh on perfect but all we could see was a Cormorant fishing in the distance, even the beach was deserted. Like we said at the start it was worse than dead.
There are two reasonably sized ‘gardens’ we have to walk past to get to the only Patch 2 access point.. There is never anything but the local Starlings on them but on the disappointed trudge back to work the first one had a thrush in the far corner...hopes were immediately raised for a Ring Ouzel that had dropped in, no chance - a female Blackbird was what it turned out to be. Some more shrubs along the walls of these small patches of greenery might help attract the odd migrant, breeding Dunnock or Linnet or summat but even if they did we’d probably never see them as once the works are completed it’s unlikely that we’ll ever go that way again.
Where to next? If it continues this poor – and it might duff migration weather forecast then it might well be more newts and moths rather than birds.
In the meantime let us know if your outback has died too.
On a more positive note the RSPB has asked/demanded that the wildlife be considered ocn a landscape scale – about time too, can ‘t believe it’s taken them this long to realise you can only conserve a handful of specialist species on small nature reserves and the ‘common’ stuff needs protecting and enhancing at a much larger scale...I always had a problem with Planning Law and protected species eg Great Crested Newts...ahhh just dig another pond and shift (some of) em out the way, or Barn Owls...demolish their barn in winter when they’re not breeding and cover their feeding fields in concrete; no need to worry about em then...more needs to be done if we are to protect our wildlife at anything like its already seriously diminished densities for the future.
And finally a snippet from America about hunting - sounds like a good idea in the State that's over run with aliens, just not sure about the bloodytthirsy pleasure the 'hunt' seems to imply.