Friday, October 27, 2006

Thursday 26th October 2006

Above - Don't panic, this is last years Bairds Sandpiper.

What strange weather this is. Last night had E5 with heavy rain changing to SSE6 and fair by morning. By eveing this had gone to a W8 gale.

For the first time in over a year, a tiny puddle has formed on the field near the pub. The last time it was here a Bairds Sandpiper was on it. I wish the field drain would collapse or something, to make this a more regular feature. (above)

At sea today, 1 Little Auk flew S very close in (154), 1 Arctic Skua N, 3 Goldeneye N and 2 S, 5 Red breasted Mergansers and a Merlin was on the beach. The 'pond' ( yes I know, its against the trades descriptions act, but it takes very little to excite in these parts)had 59 Redshanks on it.

In our garden at Longhoughton a record count of 100+ House Sparrows was good. The first time the total has gone into three figures.

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