2nd Feb. Would you believe it, after my search for Song Thrush yesterday I had one feeding in the garden this morning.
Sam and I had a three hour trip to the coast today which began with a short sea watch from Seaton Sluice. We’d watched a Grey Heron flying in Seghill on the journey. Sam counted at least seven Little Auks and other sightings included a skein of eight Brent Geese, Fulmar, our first Kittiwakes, Guillemots and Razorbill of the year and a flock of Mallard. There seemed to be a lot of movement of Great Black-backed Gulls.
We walked to St Mary’s wetland where we found the likes of Teal and Gadwall. Flocks of Golden Plover and Curlew had been seen in the fields and our only raptor of the day was a Kestrel hovering near the cliff edge. There were numbers of Rock Pipits about. A large skein of Pink-footed Geese had been seen as they landed in the distant fields to the west of us.
It seems that high tides have changed the level of the sand in South Bay
In South Bay we watched Sanderling, Turnstone, Dunlin and Redshank before a brief but heavy shower of snow fell on us. The light was already starting to go. Very few folk about today.