The forecast overnight storm never happened, consequently first thing this morning at The Point the sea was flat calm, made flatter by the heavy rain. Even in the poor visibility I could see that the sea was littered with numerous Guillemots, Cormorants, Great-crested Grebes and a few Red-throated Divers. Nothing was moving until the range safety boat came along flushing everything before it, a minimum of 250 Red-throated Divers disappeared around The Point into Rye Bay.
Bedraggled Tree Sparrow at Midley
From the causeway the Slavonian Grebe could be seen on the New Diggings. Out on Walland at Midley a mixed flock of c500 Fieldfare and Redwing were feeding in the fields, while many Blackbirds and Song Thrushes were feeding under the hedgerows. At the feeding station plenty of Tree Sparrows, Chaffinches and Greenfinches.
From Hooks Wall 4 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Tundra Bean Geese and a minimum of 26 Bewick Swans among the Mute Swans and Greylag Geese.
Kittiwake this afternoonThis afternoon back at the beach the sun was shining but very few Gulls came into the offerings. c150 Gannets were plunging into a presumed shoal of fish off shore, another c200 Red-throated Divers moved up channel and Great Skua flew into Lade Bay.
Guillemot this afternoon