Friday and Saturday gave us a fresh two inches of snow overnignt. This morning it had frozen into concrete with an air temperature of -5. I cant bring myself to post any more 'scenic' christmassy snow scenes, certainly not until December! However the day was crystal clear and sunny early on so I headed off on foot to walk the coast counting the birds as far as the Fishing Boat Inn, Boulmer.
Not only was I doing the survey, I was hoping to add some ommissions to my On Foot From Home list too...
Although there was nothing as good as last months Shorelarks, there was plenty to see all the same.
The list included -
Red breasted Merganser 7
Red throated Diver 5
Grey Plover 9
Golden Plover 46 inc one in breeding plumage.
Lapwing 115 Knot 8
Bar tailed Godwit 8
Ringed Plover 4
In addition to the count species there were-
Rock Pipit 6
Meadow Pipit 5 inc 2 moving north
Linnet 41 and 15
Skylark 22 at cattle feed and 60+ at sheep feed plus two in full song overhead.
Brown Hare 3 'boxing'
Grey Seal 2.
Not a bad walk then with 6 new species of bird and one mammal for the list.