This morning a truly forgettable hour in the sea watch hide this morning where I was joined briefly by PT and Barney. The 7-8 Westerly wind made some huge waves off shore cut certainly didn't encourage any movement.
Common Scoter: 2E
Red-throated Diver: 10E 2W
Auk sp: 4E
A walk around a windswept Scotney complex was bracing, most the wildfowl was cowering from the wind in the shelter afforded by the banks. On the sward 12 Ringed Plovers and 11 Dunlin were feeding in the puddles with the feral Barnacle Geese. Fortunately I was at home having lunch when the hail storm and sleet showers came through.
Mid afternoon at the ARC a Bittern flew across the lake as did a Great White Egret and a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Chiffchaff was in the pines. A Common Snipe was feeding in front the Screen and 3 Goldeneye were on the lake.
Late afternoon on the reserve the Long-eared Owl was showing well behind the Dipping Pool, from Scott hide a Kingfisher was noted, a red head Smew was among c100 Shoveler in the lee of the Willows, a Marsh harrier made several unsuccessful attempts at catching a Coot.
The Long-eared Owl showing well this afternoon as I only had my happy snapper.