Grey, dark and drizzly is only to be expected at this time of year of course, but a whole weekend of it can take the crease out of a chap’s strides.
True the blue skies tried to muscle the gloom away this afternoon, but the shortening day was nearly over by then, and not much use to anyone but owl paparazzi.
It goes without saying that all the seasonal gloom without heavy prolonged rain doesn’t bode well for critters like the coast’s Natterjacks either – we’re gonna need some PROPER rainfall if the slacks are to be sufficiently flooded and ready for ’em next Spring.
Fingers crossed, but don’t hold your breath.
In the meantime the dreich, although mild, was clearly conducive to the growing numbers of Lapwings, Curlews and Blackwits at Marshside today, with at least 1,000 of the former, and good numbers of Curlews too, which were spooked by a clumsy young Peregrine and damp and mardy Merlins.