Thursday, 17 January 2013

Chill factor fff-freezing

The Safari didn't see much other than a few Sanderlings and Oystercatchers this morning. The visibility out to sea was shocking and only a handful of small flocks of Common Scoters and two Great Crested Grebes were found in the gloom.
Lunchtime was a bit better, the misty gloom had lifted a bit and we had reasonable visibility almost all the way to the horizon. We didn't need it now though cos all the action was fairly close in! As we scanned we noticed a fair few Great Crested Grebes including little parties here and there. Making a concerted effort to count them properly we got 22 but then thought that was quite a lot  so we did another count and got 26 but thought we may have missed some of the original 22 so we wouldn't have been surprised if there were over 30 out there all together. Not sure about that being a site record but it's certainly way more than we've counted before. Most were sporting their summer garb but one still had the stripey juvenile facial markings.
Whilst do the count we had three Red Throated Divers, one of which was much closer than the normal dot in the distance, and a Guillemot (91, 31) not far off the wall on the rising tide.
Where to next? Somewhere snowy? Nah it almost always avoids us here on the coast :-(
In the meantime let us know what needed counting twice in your outback.

5 comments:

Warren Baker said...

Looks like even your area will get some white stuff Davyman, might bring something good along :-)

Stuart Price said...

Hasn't snowed here for a few days.......

Te NW coast could be bitter though in winter, I can remember freezing my a** off in Fleetwood on more than one occasion.......

Deano said...

You`re welcome to the snow we`ve got Dave !!

Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

Just a few flurries and a very light dusting so far Dean. Very disappointing!

Cheers

D

Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

That'd be Fleetwood in the summer then Stu?

Cheers

D