From this side the tower was soaking wet where the driving rain had fallen but the far side was bone dry. It was round here that we could see one of the Peregrines roosting up waiting for dawn and breakfast. There was no way it was going to enjoy the warming rays of the breaking dawn sun this bleak morning. It was hardly ‘on the loose’ but it’s still a predator.
We walked the ‘wrong’ way round Magpie Wood (it’s only tiny, 30 x 20 yards if that) and at the end Frank’s nose and tail both went up simultaneously...cat or Fox? Fox...it ran across the road and lay down in front of the little island of shrubby vegetation on the field not far away. We made Frank sit for a few moments and it watched intently as we quietly crossed the road towards it. Frank got a little excited when it moved again but sitting him down and keeping him calm we managed to get within about 10 feet of it, unfortunately it was still far too dark for a pic. Moving away we let him go about his business and sneak off to get a good day’s sleep. What a privilege to get so close to a wary wild animal. This particular Fox must be getting used to us just being quiet and crouching down when we see him so he really doesn’t feel threatened by us and allows a slow close approach. Hopefully once the mornings start brightening up or we get some good moonlight we may be able to get the camera on to him. A lot of patience is going to be required though.
Bad weather killed off any chance of a morning safari to Patch 2...who shouted “wimp”?
The worm turned at lunchtime and we went out to view the receding tide. My eye! - that wind was cold and the spitting rain didn’t make watching all that comfortable, go as far as to say it was an unpleasant experience. The marine life must have been in agreement as there were only two each of the two usual suspects on view, juvvy Herring Gulls and Common Scoters. A scan to the south and another to the north and back revealed nothing more so we gave up, just in time as the rain came on heavy again as we reach the safety of the office front door.
Told you it was getting dark!!! Hopefully the it'll stick around and our friend can get a proper look at it in daylight tomorrow lunchtime - he deserves it.
No Peregrine during our eveing footy game but with the wind swinging round to a rather cool easterly it would be round the other side if it has any sense.
Where to next? Unless something over exciting happens it’s only gonna be yet more news of nothing much in particular from the cold wet and windy patches.
In the meantime enjoy the two videos you should have got yesterday. Apologies for the Pink Footed Geese vid, looks like we scanned a bit too quickly at the beginning.
and one of the Scaup preening