Tuesday, 19 March 2013

There's no Business like Snow Business

Had to take a couple of inches of snow off the car this morning but decided rather than go back to bed after paternal taxi duty to brave the elements and see if the weather had produced anything interesting in the Divit.

Conditions were tricky and viewing out over the water wasn't the best, but the harbour produced some nice birds. As I tucked in against a fence out of the wind and snow and stalked a roost to snap a Turnstone (irregular in small numbers and possible passage bird at this time of year) which was roosting with the Redshank I saw a couple of Little Grebe heading for me. Normally they're pretty shy here, so it was nice to stay still and allow them to get nice and close. Shame about the lack of light, as I would have loved the photos to have had less noise.

No sign of any Goldeneye or Teal this morning, nor Dunlin, although to be fair I couldn't really see well across the harbour and there may have been some there. There was, however, a RT Diver, which is I think only the second of the year - surprisingly low number I think. This bird is also presumably on its way north. Only a matter of time before Sand martin, Whimbrel, Common Sand, Garganey, Hoopoe ...

Turnstone record shot

Flushed from across the harbour by ... something

RT Diver - seem scarcer this year

Dabchick duo

Closeup

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