Another thoroughly miserable day on the peninsula, with a chilly wind, leaden skies, drizzle and the fog horn blasting out, making me wonder what I was doing standing out in it at the fishing boats.
A very poor photograph of a Kittiwake feeding along the shoreline08.30-09.30 from the fishing boats:
Brent Goose: 1 up
Red-throated Diver: 8 down
Great-crested Grebe: 9 on
Gannet: 39 down 8 up
Turnstone: 2 on beach
Kittiwake: 12 down 4 around
Guillemot: 119 down 13 on 14 up
Razorbill: 3 down 2 on
The up side to the poor visibility ensured that all the Auks seen were close enough to identify.
This afternoon on the reserve, the Ring-necked Duck still on Cooks Pool. At Denge Marsh a Great White Egret, 1,000+ Lapwing, 200+ Golden Plover, 400+ Stock Doves and c50 Linnets. A quick look at the Dipping Pool in yet another down pour saw the Long-eared Owl back on its chosen perch after going missing for a couple of days. From the comfort of the VC 2 Smew, Goldeneye, a Merlin, a Peregrine and Marsh Harrier.