Great Northern Diver (c) 2009 Vince Cowell
Giant Slug (c) 2009 Vince Cowell
Yesterday marked the final visit to the giant slugs at Donna Nook. Unfortunately, it drizzled most of the time, which tended to dampen the spirits of the 1st-timers. However, compensation came in the form of only a trickle of visitors (apart from the very sulky, obese schoolboy who plonked himself on the sand & wouldn't move!) and a significantly larger mixed flock of Snow Buntings & Twite. Because of the weather we didn't go looking for the Shore Larks, which haven't been spotted by anyone for at least 10 days, so popped in to Covenham Reservoir instead. A Grey Wagtail and a Rock Pipit were early finds, as were Redshank, and many more Goldeneye than last time we visited. Eventually, sharp-eyed Anthony spotted a Great Northern Diver at the furthest end of the reservoir, so we went for a closer look. When we'd travelled halfway along the side of the reservoir, we could see that two were still present & then they both jumped out of the water to give us a flap. The rain, which had eased off for a few minutes began to reassert itself, so we called it a day. Both the above pictures were taken on a brighter day!