Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Back to the usual grot

The Safari was out on a drizzly but mild Patch 1 this morning. Blackbirds were the main feature of the dawn chorus being the first bird heard on opening the front door and heading out in to the world. Wrens and Dunnocks also featured strongly with a couple of Robins trying to muscle in. In the park a Sparrowhawk gave us a fly-past over the tree tops upsetting the Collared Doves and Woodpigeons.
In Woodpigeon Wood there were 11 still waiting for their alarm clocks to go off, all the Magpies had long gone though.
On Patch 2 the tide was just dropping off the wall and exposing the first bits of sandbanks that will become the beach. Thousands of gulls could be seen stretching in to the distance to the south and at least 1000 Oystercatchers. Disturbance by the mutt brigade meant the Redshanks were flighty but we got in the region of 100 or so. Amongst the gulls we couldn’t find anything more exciting than a 1st winter Great Black Back slicing up a flat fish, and a very distant adult.
Out at sea there was a dense murk that reduced visibility to a couple of hundred yards making seeing anything nigh on impossible.
If anything it was worse at lunchtime, we couldn’t see the sea and only a few gulls were within grilling range on our bit of the beach. We couldn’t go and have a look to the north as a TV crew were doing an interview.
In the gloom towards our southern boundary we could see two Knots roosting in a runnel with about two dozen Redshanks...about as good as it was ever going to get today.
Where to next? Better tomorrow?...can't be any worse
In the meantime let us know if it actually got klight in your outback today - didn't here.
Here's some Frogs doing what Frogs do best in spring in the small pond in the park this morning - must go at night and check it out for newts. How many can you see?

1 comment:

Warren Baker said...

Oh dear! another blog beset by the gloomy weather! Same here after a sunny start Dave :-(