'The kind of weather that makes you want to stay in bed is the exact weather you should be getting out of it and getting your a*se to the sea', I was once told. And today was one of those.
07:40 @ Snab, McDonalds latte with a shot of espresso already consumed, and tripod and scope positioned as usual to the south of the point on the rocks to afford some shelter.
100s of Gannets and Kittiwakes (N), only Eiders, Oystercatchers and Curlews south. In the two hours I was there, 12 Sooties all north, but the highlight was one Little Auk close in (N) at 08:40, then another 'very likely' 15 minutes later (N) (if it wasn't for the wind and the waves, sea watching would be a doddle!), then 09:10 another nailed-on (N) followed by another 'high-likely'. And two more probables at 09:20.
As I left, I noticed Andy 'Lewoc' pulling into the car park north of the point and Andy McLevy's motor already there. I hope they had as good a morning as I did.
Cresswell was busy but nothing to report and The Pools equally so.
Four excellent views of a Merlin (the same one, I bet), twice in the bay south of Snab(once putting all the gulls and waders up before off across the sea towards Beacon Point and the other chasing a small grey bird (who got away) in the same area), then over the white house just north of Cresswell village and finally over the hide at Cresswell. Crackin'
High tide at half three, and the sun coming out just now, so a little dog walking and then part two!
14:50 > 16:10 - Church Point - on the wrong side of the brick house so with hat on and hood up could not hear the (very) wise men on the right side and so missed a Grey Phalarope. Bit of a p*sser, really!