Today gale force winds were predicted for the South West, with 80mph winds. So what did the boy Dawes decide to do, a Sand Bay stationary watch at the usual spot for an hour, and then for some reason headed off in the afternoon to walk the mouth of the River Parrett. And well I have to say, it was a bit lively in the weather department. So much so, whilst the birding was fun, it wasn't hugely productive....... but enjoyed every minute of it.
Sand Bay - 09.30 to 10.40 - Weather; Gales, with short sharp showers
11 Magpie, 7 Woodpigeon, 3 Carrion Crow, Skylark, 200 + Shelduck, one huge flock of 150 on mud, plus another 50 or so stragglers across the bay, 10 Curlew, 5 Herring Gull, 1 Juv Common Gull giving stunning ariel displays in the wind, 3 then 10 Linnet, 1 Redshank, 1 male Stonechat bravely clinging to some driftwood to "chat", 1 Raven overhead.
Walk Sand Bay to National Trust Carpark 10.40 to 11.20 - Slightly more sheltered here in the lee of the hedge and sea wall; Species in farmland;
Wren, Dunnock, 200 Starling feeding in field, 4 male, 3 female Blackbirds, 3 Carrion Crow, 6 Magpie, 1 male Kestrel, precariously perched on a phone wire, 1 Curlew, 1 Redwing, 20+ mixed finch flock I was unable to ID.
Flooded Field adjacent to Sand Road near Kewstoke. 11.30 to 11.40 - This field had a few Curlew in last week, today was better; 31 Curlew, 7 Pied Wagtail, 15+ Meadow Pipit, Blackbird, Grey Heron and Pheasant.