Friday, 12 August 2011


The Safari got a little further round Patch 1 this morning in some cool and very wet drizzle. No sign of the Peregrine on the tower but getting into the park there were a couple of Wrens and Robin singing. Overhead a small Sparrowhawk flew round the tree tops for several minutes squealing loudly.
Out in the open we noticed several small groups of Starlings coming from the direction of the coast, once we’d started counting we got to around 275 before getting back to Base Camp, no idea how many we ignored.
Very heavy rain prevented a Patch2 safari before work which was a great disappointment. As we drove down the prom we could see the light was superb for observing marine life and the sea was mirror calm in the light easterly...we were so looking forward to our safari over the road to the wall.
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.
Forgot to mention yesterday that our family group found three Sea Slaters lurking on the sea wall when they joined us for the Whale and Dolphin Watch and then later on the beach up north found a freshly dead Sea Mouse.
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; 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 permitting as ever.
In the meantime let us know how black the clouds were in your outback.

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