Sunday, 1 March 2015

Flotsom and Jetsom

Lade - mild, dry, sunny, sw 4 - Following a  blustery wet night it was good to see some blue sky and sunshine this morning, although with a keen wind out of the west. Continuing with our staying-local-on-a-Sunday regime we worked every corner of the local patch: Mockmill - Snipe, Stonechat and Water Rail; Desert - first Skylark of the year (not that I`m year listing, of course); south lake - 12 Dabchicks, two Goldeneyes the highlights; willow swamp - Smew; north lake - more Goldeneyes and two distant Marsh Harriers over the farmland.

                                Shorebirds, Lade

                                Squid eggs, Greatstone beach

And so to the beach where the tideline was smothered in masses of glutinous squid eggs, shellfish and a few barrel jellyfish. It often happens this way after a rough night; unfortunately there was also plenty of man-made plastics and detritus from commercial fishing boats. On the bay an ebb tide had already attracted a decent selection of returning waders including, 300 Oystercatchers, 100 Sanderlings, 50 Dunlins, 25 Bariwts, 30 Knots, 55 Curlews and 12 Grey Plovers.

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