Another wet Wednesday! Where should we go to avoid the worse of the rain? Roger had sent me a wonderful photograph of two species of redpoll that he had ringed earlier in the week at Northward Hill. I have never seen a Common Redpoll. I knew exactly which alder tree they were feeding in and I knew that we could watch the tree without getting out of the car! Unfortunately the redpolls were not aware of my plan and did not turn up! (If you want to know how to identify the redpolls Roger will reveal all in our December newsletter). So on to Riverside Country Park at Chatham. After a tea break we walked out to Horrid Hill and we had got the tide just right. The incoming water pushed the waders and wildfowl ever closer. We were enjoying great views of turnstones, dunlin, teal, wigeon, redshanks and more – when our birding was brought to an abrupt end by a very sharp shower. The staff in the Visitor Centre, sitting beside the log burner, took pity on us and we were allowed to dry out and eat our packed lunch in the children’s work space. The seats were tiny.
In the afternoon the Sun came out and we stopped at Cliffe Pools on the way home. The high tide wader roost held 1000+ dunlin and lots of other waders. We also saw our first goldeneyes of this winter. Back home Sally entered all of our sightings into the online BTO BirdTrack. We had passed the 5000 records mark for 2013. So I don’t need to go out bird watching again this year! Especially if its raining.
Thanks to Roger for the photograph.