On Tuesday we enjoyed a sighting of 50 Bearded Tits snacking on gravel, but then the heavens opened. We saw more than 25 species, but we were absolutely soaked by the end. We did manage to find some Stonechats, and we found some other birds, but the rain was relentless. This rain was not forecast. Who can we sue?
On Wednesday we met at Kilnsea and walked the triangle with a detour to the breach. We saw plenty of Meadow Pipits and hirundines flying south, but there were also a good selection of waders on the mud flats.
Immature Male House Sparrow
Thursday was a repeat of Wednesday in windier conditions. Highlights included in the morning a pair of Grey Plovers, which wouldn’t stop battling with each other, and then an Arctic Skua crossing the mudflats towards the lighthouse.
On Friday we returned to Tuesday’s drenched location on the understanding it wouldn’t rain. It was sunny when we arrived, but got progressively windier throughout the morning. I could hear Bearded Tits from the car park, but they wouldn’t prove easy to see. This could have been the fault of a dog walker who plonked his pooch in exactly the same spot the Beardies were eating grit on Tuesday morning. We did get a few glimpses of them flying over the reeds, but the best view was from the new causeway leading to the relocated hide.
Female Bearded Tit