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Sunday, November 06, 2005

Wet weekend in Cumbria

Pouring with rain when I arrived at Walney Bird Observatory at 10.30 on Sat. 5th November. We caught a Blackbird, Song Thrush and a Dunnock. Birds present included a Sparrowhawk and Greenshank. Loads of Wigeon over the marshes. Got water in car electrics and had to be towed by a friend until the engine started again. But what is it they say about "All's well that ends well" (or is it "Every cloud has a silver lining", or even "It's an ill wind that blows no-one any good")? Whilst stuck and waiting for my tow I notched up a Cumbria "tick" - Hooded Crow, my 186th species since 26 October 2001.
Sunday morning was better, I dodged the showers for a walk out on Askam Pier. The rising spring tide had everything moving off the sands. Thousands of waders - Oystercatcher, Curlew, Redshank, Dunlin, Sanderling, Grey Plover and Ringed Plover. 100+ Pintail flying down the estuary, 3 Pinkfeet flew over. On the return had brief but clear view of a Black Redstart, only my second for Cumbria. Also very close views of a flock of Twite bathing in rain puddles on the track.


Blogger Simon said...

Well Jim, it seems the bird life is abundant.

Any fish???

Over the past few years has the water ever come up to the boat that people live in? I am curious!

It too is wet here, in fact we had 100mm in an hour causing many homes to become flooded (even on the mountain!)

12:39 am  
Blogger Maalie said...

Hi Simon, No fishing this weekend, but watch this space. High spring tides come up to the boat, but I've never seen it floating. Nice to hear you're getting rain there!

10:21 am  

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