This morning our early morning walk didn’t get as far as the tower but we could hear plenty of Robins and a Sparrowhawk whizzed past in the half light hoping to nab an unwary one.
Out on Patch 2 a trawler hauled its nets very close inshore surrounded by gulls but nothing more exciting was with them. Plenty of Common Scoters were out there, with the flatter sea we guesstimated well over 500 but again we could find the odd one out – if indeed there is an odd one out with them.
There was a bit of ‘vis’ going on; in the few minutes we were on the seawall we had eight Pied Wagtails, 13 Meadow Pipits, and a flock of 10 Linnets all going south while a single Grey Wagtail bucked the trend and went north. Three Sandwich Terns made their way out to sea, there won’t be many more sightings of those this year. No doubt if we’d have been able to get out a little earlier and stay out a little longer we’d have been able to fill a few pages of the notebook with passage birds...isn’t work a pain – oh to be independently wealthy!
After school we nipped down to the estuary for an hour as a Curlew Sandpiper was seen there yesterday. Lots of Lapwings, Redshanks, Golden Plovers and 'ordinary' Curlews but no small waders at all; no Ringed Plovers, no Dunlin, and certainly no Curlew Sandpipers - becoming a bit of a bogey bird this sesason...five Knot were the pick of the waders and a Little Egret was the first we've seen there for quite some time. we had a reasonable check through the gulls but saw no Mediterranean Gulls and couldn't turn any of the few Common Gulls into a storm blown Ring Billed Yankee.
Back at Base Camp a game of footy in the park with Frank before tea gave us our second Sparrowhawk of the day and the first Great Spotted Woodpecker in there for some time.
Where to next? More Patchy stuff - still hopeful of finding something a bit different in with the Common Scoters - something as simple as a Red Throated Diver would do!
In the meantime let us know what's loafing about in your outback.