It felt like late Feb/early Mar as I walked along the point to find some shelter in front of the tower from the cold southeasterly wind, and it was far too quiet for my liking. There was very little going over (there should be loads of Swallows at this time of year) and consequently no calls for me to tune in to.
There was a little vis, and it was a little, with just nine Linnets, eight Meadow Pipits, three Alba Wags, five Goldfinches, 16 Swallows and a Tree Pipit heading east.
The sea was even quieter in a way and all we had were 1,520 Knots, four Cormorants, 17 Sandwich Terns, 20 Grey Plovers, four Eiders, three Arctic Terns, five Manx Shearwaters, four Gannets, ten Shelducks, two Common Scoters, a Red-throated Diver and two Atlantic Grey Seals.
It's forecast for heavy rain all through the night and in to tomorrow morning, so the chances of me getting out in the morning are slim. The flip side of this is a few more real ales this evening! The forecast is looking not too bad for Monday, so hopefully we'll be able to get into the reedbed to do some ringing; fingers crossed!
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