Back to the Patch & a visit to Rimac

Thought I'd check out Donna Nook & Pyes with the hope the seal circus would be easing off - thankfully I was right, with not many seals left on the beach, the car park having empty spaces all day & it must be only a matter of time before the burger van bids farewell.
Marsh Harrier, Common Buzzard, Peregrine, 2 Merlin, Barn Owl, 4 Little Egret, Goosander (need to check my records as this could be a patch tick), 2 Woodcock, 3 Common Snipe, Brambling, 60 Snow & 2 Lapland Buntings was the patch list for the day.
A visit to Rimac, which has in the past been good to me for Hen Harriers, didnt disappoint on that score with 2 ringtails seen. 11 Whooper Swan went through. Barn Owl and Woodcock also noted.
Still large numbers of thrushes on the coast today.

One of the highlights on the coast over the past 3 days has been the mass influx of thrushes from Scandinavia - a fantastic spectacle. I witnessed all five winter thrush species visit one single hawthorn bush - 3 of those species are shown above (Fieldfare, Redwing & Mistle Thrush)

I just wanted to highlight that while thousands visit Donna Nook to marvel at the cuteness of the pups, on birth the pups themselves are immediately faced with a battle where there's a thin line between life and death. Quite a few dead pups scattered on the beach today but on a brighter note plenty alive and kicking...

Think this one is going to be just fine - it's got Big Brother watching over it after all

Infection in it's left eye?

Any idea on what is responsible for this? Found on top of a fence post

It didn't seem keen on lending me it's coat on what was another very cold day


  1. A nice collection of visiting Thrushs.

  2. They are lovely shots, especially the seal.

  3. Nice images Chris, happy new year. Looks like the thing that left the droppings behind liked kidney beans!!

  4. Thanks chaps - photography isn't really my thing as some of you know so I was quite pleased especially with the thrush shots.

    Happy New Year to you Matt - would love to know what the bean lover is ;-)


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