Saturday, 14 November 2009
Off to Holy Island this morning for a shot at the RR Swallow. Sun up at 7.37am, parked up by 8.07am. Met Andy Cowell, Roger Forster and a couple of others near yesterday's last sighting spot - The Crown and Anchor. All quiet. Too quiet! Not even a sniff for the next two hours before leaving the place as my Canute powers are not what they used to be. Nonetheless, huge numbers of Pale-bellied Brents and Bar-tailed Godwits, 15 LT Ducks off the Vicar's Garden, and a BT Diver too. The area opposite the harbour was flooded and was a veritable Teal fest, plus Lapwings, Redshanks and a few Barwits. Generally, quite busy with quantity making up for quality. Stag Rock was the stop-off on the way home. Dozens of Purple Sandpipers an Oystercatchers on the rocks, and off them the usual suspects. No Grebes or Divers (other than the RT type).