Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Rained Off

ARC - 1000hrs - Rain, cloudy, mild, sw 3 - A miserable sort of a day with low cloud, mist and drizzle throughout the morning, followed by strengthening wind and more rain in the afternoon, so not the best birding weather. A wander down to Screen hide produced a single Bearded Tit for our troubles and little else. From Hanson the usual Wigeon, Teal, Shoveler, Goldeneye and at least one Pintail, although just missed a Bittern prowling around in the reed bed.
From the causeway road 8 Smew and 2 Great White Egrets.
Walland Marsh - A drive across the Marsh in foul conditions revealed distant views of 140 odd Bewick`s Swans at Midley, but no sign of yesterdays Bean Geese. Not a single raptor noted due to the weather conditions,
Littlestone Beach - 1500hrs - From the Varne car park a decent showing of shorebirds included 128 Turnstones and all the other nine species. No sign of the buntings but the weather was so lousy I soon threw in the towel for the day.

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