Sunday, 23 May 2010

Gloomy Sunday.

With rain and fog for most of the day it was a proper Gloomy Sunday, but after the rain had stopped at about 5:30, it was out onto the patch again. A Wood Pigeon spent most of the day perched on a fence in front of the house, on the beach in front of the house there were 15 Knot, 37 Sanderling, 3 Whimbrel and 77 Dunlin, a walk down to the Loch and the first patch year-tick of the day - 2 Black-tailed Godwits feeding in a field with a pair of Mallard, 2 Whooper Swans and a Common Sandpiper were on the Loch and 3 Swallows and a Spotted Flycatcher (the 2nd patch year-tick of the day) were around the gardens at the end of the road. The day ended with a rather tame Gannet on the rocks at Scord Beach.
On a slightly serious note, today's song link is also known as 'the Hungarian Suicide Song' and was banned for years because it was too depressing for radio - listen at your peril !


Black-tailed Godwits.

Spotted Flycatcher.

Whooper Swans.

Wood Pigeon.
On a more serious note - a Wildlife tour group were around Scatness at about 5:30/6pm ish, it's good that the patch is on such an itinerary, however I do wish that they had followed the countryside code a bit better, and made sure that the gate was closed properly ! For those who need a little guidance, here are some instructions -


Jason said...

Steve, you cant expect folk from south on tour to figure that out. They have probably paid good money for the privilege of leaving your gates open Good god we can climb over fences and walk through fields, gates and dykes are par for the course surely!!

Dougie Preston said...

Well that's what you get for having a decent patch mate! try swaping it for a crap area like Burravoe, and you won't get these problems...