Friday, 18 January 2013

An Icy Blast

Lade - 0900hrs - Very cold, overcast, se 5 - By heck, a raw-bone day throughout with a scudding south-easterly coming off the continent, but as yet only a few light snow flurries late on (or as one old local sage put it the flurries resembled, "a women plucking a goose"). Anyhow, most of the ducks on Lade were sheltering amongst the willows with at least 200 each of  Teal and Pochard. Very little on north pit except for 3 Goldeneyes. Hardly any passerines seen except for singles of Mipit and Fieldfare.
Littlestone -  1300hrs - Checked the beach for Ringed Plover on an incoming tide without success. Plenty of Dunlins, Sanderlings and Curlews though, plus 20 Barwits, 15 Knots and 5 Grey Plovers. Hundreds of grebes, divers and auks on the sea.
ARC - A quick look from the causeway road and Screen hide produced all the usual wildfowl, 2 Marsh Harriers, Kestrel and a Green Woodpecker, plus a Bittern flying around looking for unfrozen shallows.
If this wind carries on for any length of time its going to be a case of survival of the fittest for many species.

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