Monday, 3 May 2010


I was actually encouraged to take a few hours this morning by Mrs L, so that's what I did and by 7:00 am, I was walking the path to Holywell Pond's Members' Hide looking/listening for Davy Tee's Garden Warbler.  Consistent with yesterday's borin result, it was resounding NO!  Grasshopper to the left of the Public Hide, Sedge to the right, with essence of Willow, but nothing more.  Canada Geese had six wee ones, and a strange Canada/Greylag hybrid, plus Mute Swan, a pair of Common Tern and a few 'bits' were duly noted before a hail storm intervened.

So off the the Beehive, which contained five Mutes, two Lapwings and five Greylags.

John Masefield, English Poet Laureate, 1930-1967, wrote (Sea-Fever) I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, so if it was good for him, it's good for me, off to The Sluice.

Steady streams of Gannets, Kittiwakes and auks north, with one Manx Shearwater, and a bloody freezing northerly wind meant the 08:00 - 09:00 period was shortened as the need for toast and coffee kicked in!

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