Thursday, 15 December 2016

Tuesday's Gone

Tuesday morning saw me at the Point for first light, not early at all at this time of year, and I had 6 oktas cloud cover with a 10 - 15 mph southeasterly wind. Later some rain came in from the west and I had to seek shelter under the other tower.

Walking up to the coastal path I put up a Song Thrush and two Redwings from the hedge and these would be the only noteworthy passerines I would record. As the tide ran in and dawn moved in between the mud flats and sky, 102 Cormorants left their shingle island roost and headed off towards their feeding areas.

The only movement overhead was 90 Pink-footed Geese heading north over the Bay, but there was some movement at sea including 14 Red-breasted Mergansers, two Auk sp., 18 Common Scoters, eight Red-throated Divers, a Great Crested Grebe and seven Eiders.

A few waders were around being constantly flushed by dog walkers and included 248 Oystercatchers, 85 Sanderlings and six Turnstones.

Not the best of mornings, but at least there was something to look at!

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