Turning it around a bit if the league had been contested by PPB we’d have come in at a slightly higher 14th.
Today we were at Patch 2 again but there was little on a rather murky sea and as far as we could see there were fewer Redshanks today with only 25 counted, but there could have been some out of sight below us at the base of the wall. There weren’t very many gulls and even fewer Oystercatchers.
We did take the camera to work today and almost got the first ever pic of a Song Thrush at work but a dog walker appeared and flushed it an instant before we pressed the shutter.
The sea gave us nothing, although DG informed us that the fishermen are catching Whiting so there ought to be a Harbour Porpoise or two about. She also told us the Peregrine was back on the church tower this arvo.
That was enough to send us back to Base Camp early so as we could get back out to the Starlings - we were there yesterday too, with CR. There was a grey out with no hint of horizon betwixt sea and sky.
The Starlings began to come in in huge flocks of several thousand at a time - this is a small part of one of those flocks.
A fair crowd had gathered to watch the spectacle, on our side of the pier there were at least 20 folk with cameras, no idea how many if any were on the south side.
It was a great spectacle
couldn't have been more different, not a cloud in the sky!
And a bit of a sunset began to develop illuminating the little shrimping boat working the tide.
The Peregrine was still on the tower in the town centre too, a little too far away for a proper pic.
It stayed up there, wasn't interesting in the huge amount of meat on the wing, probably already stuffed full of Feral Pigeon or catches the Starlings when they leave the roost at first light - Once again there were a few people gathered for the evening's performance.
Starlings came in than yesterday, perhaps as many as 50000! But the murmuration was quite small, most of them landing on the beach as the tide was out. Until they were flushed by a dog walker that is.
|Sunset mode on camera for this one and the one above|
Didn't know you could play the guitar with frozen fingers - it became really cold once the sun had gone down!
Leather-jackets being consumed in farmers' fields around the county at the mo to keep that number of Starlings well fed
Where to next? School group attacking the pond tomorrow, hopefully before the rain starts and we'll have another try for that worm collecting Blackbird.