It goes from bad to worse. Not only is it still dark and raining, its now blowing a force 7 SE'ly. Forecast to brighten up this afternoon. We'll see.
Drove down to the Seawatch seat at high tide to view from the car. The sea is very rough. This weather might turn up a bird or two you know when (if) it clears, but, being from a SE quarter, what can we hope for. Some more Waxwings perhaps, or a shuffle around of current winterers like the divers, or even a Shorelark. Maybe.
Todays best while the car was buffeted on the cliff top?
17. Purple Sandpiper 3
18. Bar tailed Godwit.
19. Red breasted Merganser 6+
I had high hopes you know. Lots of people back at work, me with extra days off. A nice sharp cold winter day, bright and calm and I would have combed the whole patch getting 50+, then, off to the Nanny for Short toed Lark and down to look for JWR's flock of Mealy Redpolls at Shilbottle...
My achievements so far? As Frank Gallagher said last night, not as good as Einstien but better than Fred West...
The weather did indeed improve, turning from Grim to just bloody uncomfortable. Walked around Seaton Point this afternoon adding these to the list -
20. Shelduck 2
22. Collared Dove.
23. Carrion Crow.
25. House Sparrow.
26. Tree Sparrow.41 opposite Bowmere Turnips.
30. Pied Wagtail.
31. Rock Pipit.
32. Stonechat. 5
34. Song Thrush.
35. Goldeneye. 1 duck.
37. Ringed Plover. 3
38. Knot. 8