Saturday, 9 January 2016

Rain Stopped Play

With the onset of the awful wet weather it was a good time to earn some brownie points and give the lounge a once over.  However, after getting most done I couldn't miss the lovely morning on the 6th and got out for a couple of hours.  The flat calm and sunny conditions enabled me to give the Seasalter bay a good scan, finding 2 red-throated divers, 78 g.c.grebes, 5 mergansers, 83 ringed plovers, 9 sanderling plus plenty of dunlin and few turnstones on the high tide roost.

Out again on the 8th and down to SS finding 4 mergansers this time plus the grebes and on the plots 1 SEO. and  1 stonechat. I didn't stay long as it looked quiet and went see the birds at Bossenden.

Later in the afternoon I went back to SS finding 3 SEOs, 2-3 marsh harriers and 5 red-legged partridges (which over the last few years have been extremely rare). 

9th. Today, seemed fairly quiet at SS, I had a walk around the plots seeing 2 SEOs and discovered a sheep in the 'river' and pretty exhausted, unfortunately on the other side. I had the shepherds number and called him to which he responded after about 20 minutes, hopefully he managed to save it.

After that I made a social visit to the 'Swalecliffe posse' picking up gannet and eider ticks for the year.


Bernie Weight said...

You did well on your time away the decorating Mike with some good birds and images. As for Red-legged Partridge I dipped on that last year.Short-eared Owls seemed to have disappeared at the Bay of late.

Warren Baker said...

The second SEO shot is a cracker Mike :-)