Normally I’m pleased to see a young Peregrine, but this lummox swept in spooking all the waders at HoM this afternoon nano-seconds after I picked up what looked like a Pec scurrying through the wet grass.
Everything went up in the pouring rain and when the waders landed, naturally I couldn’t relocate said Pec again.
Such is life…despite the downpour and Peregrine and dashing Merlin, I managed 80-100 Dunlin, 24 Ringed Plover, 4 Little Stint, 2-3 Greenshank, 7 Avocets, Ruff, Redshank, Curlew and a bedraggled Curlew Sandpiper in the deluge.
Multiple Little Stintage was a pleasure in spite of the lousy weather, the tiny birds appeared to be feeding in a loose group, unconcerned by the movements of the Dunlin flock.
Indulged in “angle of the dangle” with the sinensissy Cormorants and admired a young Marsh Harrier batting along in the rain, before playing “sheep shit roulette” along the sodden bank back to the car.
With the benefit of hindsight, a big umbrella may have been a good idea.
That or waiting till the rain stops tomorrow.