Thursday, 18 November 2010

Singing in the rain

The Safari heard a heart-warming sound on a chilly, dank, dark November morning on Patch 1, the fluty strains of a Blackbird singing away as if it were spring. The only other news was the Peregrine hadn’t moved over night.
On Patch 2 a Grey Seal bottled among the white horses but other than that there didn’t seem to be too much about. a couple of Great Crested Grebes sat quietly on the water and while we were waiting for them to do something suddenly there was a flurry of activity. It was as if all of a sudden there was a good reason not to be to the north of us as we had a total of eight Red Throated Divers and another five Great Crested Grebes all come form that direction within a few minutes of each other.
Great Black backed Gulls were well represented this morning with two adults going north, an adult on the sea and a youngster milling around over the beach to the south.
A very grey day with limited visibility making the horizon only about a mile out but at least there wasn’t any of that really nasty stingingly cold driving rain today.
By the time the lunchtime safari had come round the tide had dropped and the beach was brim full of gulls and Oystercatchers. 25 Redshanks fed around the edges of one of the gullies, and with them a little ‘rarity’, a Dunlin. A group of 12 Turnstones pecked around in the seaweed on the wall. The gulls had nothing outstanding to show for their grilling, two adult Lesser Black Backs were outnumbered by three adult Greater Back Backs. There were Oystercatchers as far as the eye, or scope, could see, no idea as to the number...four figures perhaps.
Out on the water only a single Great Crested Grebe was entered into the notebook.
Where to next? Very little chance of anything wildlifey tomorrow too many ‘little darlings’ to keep entertained all day.
In the meantime let us know if there have been any little rarities seen in your outback.

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