Crikey it was as black as the obb’s of hell behind us when we went out at lunchtime and we expected to get a soaking as we darted back across the road when the first drops fell but fall they didn’t and the monstrous cloud drifted away northwards.
It warmed up considerable but was very ‘close’ and the light was good; we were able to pick out tons of driftwood wafting along on the gentle swell. Earlier in the morning the conditions to the north must have been equally good as SD had made a count of ‘about’ 10,000 Common Scoters, to which we were now able to add another 100 or so. Two Grey Seals were distant and our whale watching partner, fresh in from a rather choppy ferry survey yesterday, found a third way off to the south.
Also out that way was an Eider and a little further out a Great Crested Grebe.
Towards the end of our watch a small flock of chunky waders flew past in the middle distance but we were unable to tell if the were Golden or Grey Plovers.
This bizarre blobby thing (in 080811 folder) has been identified by those clever folk on iSpot as a piece of ‘probably’ Leathesia difformis Punctured Ball Weed...no; we’ve never heard of it either!!!
Where to next? It’s the weekend and ‘Pool’s first home game and we’ve got a ticket – hope they do better than they did in the cup match last night. Mothy should go on one night...weather permitting as ever.
In the meantime let us know how black the clouds were in your outback.