I'm going to give myself ten out of ten for effort this morning after getting up at 0430 to do a sea watch in this morning's weather conditions! Or maybe that should be ten out of ten for stupidity!
It was absolutely pouring down when I got to my sea watching spot and the wind was a good 15 - 20 mph west-northwesterly and it was virtually impossible to find any shelter. We have a choice of two buildings to shelter behind or in front of, but because of the wind direction and the position of the buildings it was near impossible. I could remain sheltered from the wind but get wet, or keep dry but get buffeted by the wind; I went for the second option. However, after an hour of poor visibility and the constant shaking of my scope I packed up and headed home.
During the time I was there I recorded 58 Common Scoters and nine Gannets on the sea. The only waders I had were those feeding in front of me and these were four Ringed Plovers, a Turnstone, a Dunlin and ten Sanderlings. The weather is improving for tomorrow so it will be my third check of the boxes.
20th and 21st November - A marvellously calm day on the 20th with a light but cold NE breeze allowing us to get some decent counts in; wildfowl included 482 Wigeon, 21 Gadwall, 13...
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