Monday, 1 June 2015

Is It Really June?

Seawatching at the Obs this morning I was nearly in full winter plumage with thermal vest, quilted shirt, woolly hat, thermal snood and gloves all adding to the layers to keep the cold 20 mph southwesterly wind out! Is it really June?

The sea wasn't too bad this morning and I had a few bits and pieces to look at including 200 Knot, six Cormorants, 32 Auk sp., 1 Pomarine Skua, 35 Gannets, 8 Razorbills, a Great Crested Grebe and 108 Canada Geese. The only vis this morning were five Swallows west.

 Canada Geese


I decided to count the waders and started walking along and scanning the shingle beach. It didn't help when the guy in the picture below came walking right along the beach with his mutt and straight into all the roosting waders; what a tool! In fact he did the same thing yesterday! And the worst of it is, is that he walks one way and flushes everything and then comes back the other way and does it again!

 Wader Flusher!

Anyway I managed to count them and there were 139 Sanderlings, 81 Dunlins, 82 Ringed Plovers and four Turnstones.


 Dunlin and Sanderlings

Ringed Plover

The forecast is for some more untypically June weather with rain and strong winds overnight and into tomorrow. So it will be another day of not being able to work, so I'll have to go seawatching again instead!

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