Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Packham 'em in

The Safari went to see Mr Packham last night and he was pretty good, nearly as exciting and fun to listen to as someone else you know ;-) Can't imagine why the Beeb took him on rather than us all those years ago, the silly sausages!
Won't tell you what he was harping on about in case you're going. His closing sentiment was the most important aspect of the evening - where are all the youngsters in the countryside?  Up to all of us to encourage, cajole, bribe them in to getting out enjoying, learning and caring about our brilliant wildlife.
A nice morning on Patch 2 gave us the usual 1000 or so Common Scoters, three Razorbills sat together close in and two distant adult Gannets winging their way northwards. A Grey Seal bottled just behind the light surf away to our left, only our second of the year. 
Best was a white sided duck - bingo a Scaup! But no it drifted broadside to let us know it was a drake Tufted Duck (P2 #50 - target is 90).
The sea was beginning to rough up by lunchtime and we didn't have  a lot of time to spare so didn't see anything to add to our notebook.
Spring is beginning to happen slowly but surely the signs are revealing themselves, but probably not this weekend as howling gales and snow are forecast.
Where to next? Got a group of children exploring the beach tomorrow morning so we might have some inter-tidal wildlife to show you.
In the meantime let us know if spring is still trying to spring in your outback.

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