Monday 23 November 2015

Winter approaches

Lade - cold, sunny, nw 2 - The past couple of days have been pretty similar on the weather front with overnight frosts, morning sunshine and afternoon cloud - proper winter weather at last. Yesterday the first Goldeneye of the winter dropped on to south lake, followed by a Smew this morning, plus a Short-eared Owl quartering the fields by north lake. Three Stonechats had returned to the desert scrub with a particularly showy Cetti`s Warbler by the ponds.

                                Great Black-backed Gull, Dungeness

Dungeness - 1430 - 1545hrs - We joined PB for a seawatch from the fishing boats where a steady flow of Kittiwakes and auks went to and fro, plus 10 Red-throated Divers, 12 Common Scoters, Gannet, Med Gull and Curlew eastbound, and 3 Gadwall, 2 Dunlins and a Knot heading west. Up to 30 Great Crested Grebes and several Guillemots were on the water and a Peregrine came in off the bay.
The adult Great Black-back with the dodgy wings was in the gull roost on the beach.


  1. Paul,
    I was amused seeing the picture of Barney in your last blog. What more could a man want than a nice settee, his faithful companion alongside him - and the TV controller!

  2. Derek, your first two observations are correct, but as for ownership of the zapper, well, that`s controlled by somebody else, if you catch my drift...

  3. Ah, clearly times have changed.Living on my own I can still enjoy the dubious delights of flicking through the channels at regular intervals and more importantly, always being able to watch the sport.