In bits of watery sun in mainly overcast conditions and a brisk S breeze 2 hours looking out to sea proved surprisingly rewarding for this time of year. The main protagonists were 553 Brent Geese flying NE, while birds moving in the opposite direction included 112 auks, 290 Cormorants, 33 Red-throated Divers, 12 Kittiwakes, 31 Gannets, 8 Great Crested Grebes and a Mediterranean Gull, while a Bonxie was chasing gulls before moving off downchannel.
Despite the ongoing aquatic nature of the forecast it seemed that a brief interlude might make a walk around the farm and clifftop worthwhile. Whilst it was fairly typical of December up here, 600 Woodpigeons, 55 Skylarks and 12 Corn Buntings were on the fields and the Pink-footed Goose was still present.
An hour’s seawatch might as well have been written in invisible ink, it will linger so briefly in the memory. The best on offer were about 30 Gannets, milling about, 23 auks, flying SW, and 2 Red-throated Divers.
Still suffering from the effects of a return flight from Thailand, it was left to Mark Kennett to provide today’s interest, which included a local scarcity in the form of a Barn Owl, a Merlin and 28 Corn Buntings flying to roost.