After being stuck in an over heated office all week when the weather outside was glorious I was really looking forward to the weekend. Then when I got up and looked out, it was as if we had gone back to March. It was dull, cold and raining with a light NW breeze. Great.
Still, you have to make the best of what you have so today I've been out on several dog walks around the patch, the last one was even bathed in afternoon sunshine.
This mornings stroll was around the coast path, to the Rumbling Kern and back. Common Whitethroat was the best on offer and quite early for here. A lone Red throated Diver flew south and 3 Sandwich Terns N. A nice Greenland Wheatear was on the muck heap next to Tommy's farm.
A lunchtime walk took in the pond field and lane end. I was pleased to find a Coot sitting on a nest here, the first I have confirmed breeding I think, while Little Grebes have hatched young and Mallard have 9 ducklings. The heronry is making all kinds of god awful noises.
Finally this afternoons walk was a combination of the two earlier ones, down the teepee track to the burn mouth and back by the Long Walk and Pond. A Sand Martin was finally added to the PWC list, hawking with Swallows above the pond and Blackcaps were chasing around in just about every bit of wood and scrub available.
111. Common Whitethroat
112. Sand Martin