Sunday, January 14, 2007

Blowing a Hooley.

Top - Boulmer - Looks nice, but isn't.
Next two - Wind shaken Grey Wagtail on the beach.
Bottom two - Missed the Blackcap again.

The weather itself was about the highlight today. I saw that the forecast was for a windy day but I wasn't expacting it to be quite as bad as it was. The wind was a WSW 8-9 gale, making walking quite uncomfortable and it was very difficult to stand steady in the open. The saving grace though was that it was bright an sunny, but cold.

Spent the morning doing my Winter Plover survey in the area. Not many farmland plovers to count so checked through the hoards of pipefish guzzling gulls to see if any scarcer species were present. There weren't.
Of note today were 1 Purple Sandpiper, 50 Sanderling, 34 Ringed Plover, 100 Curlew, 1 female Merlin, 9+ Knot, 1 Greylag flew N, 1 Razorbill flew N ( like a rocket), 4 Red breasted Merganser and 20 Mallard.
Back at home, the Blackcap made an appearance again but vanished as soon as the camera was set up. Typical.

66. Purple Sandpiper
67. Greylag Goose

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