Went out before first light in order to get in to position at the feeding area as it was an early morning high tide. The Snow was falling as I walked through the saltings. I have never seen ice floating on the surface of the water in the Estuary before. The wind was cold but not as bad as expected, There was regular snow and sleet showers but I managed to sit it out for a nearly 4 hours. I managed to keep warm enough, however when I took my hands out of my gloves to either write the colour ringed codes of the Knot or to use the camera my hands went numb real fast, luckily I had 2 packets of hand warmers in each glove so when I put my hands back in the gloves they were immediately warmed up. Not a Bad run off of the tide with 5 Colour Ringed Red Knot in amongst the 2000+ present today.
Other bits today include: 2 Jack Snipe, 4 Red Breasted Merganser's that just appeared on the turn of high tide and drifted out with the retreating tide, 1 Med Gull, 1 Peregrine, 700+ Dunlin, 40+ Grey Plover.
Colour Ringed Knot(1) Yellow colour ring over White colour Left Leg,Blue colour ring over Red Flag ring Right Leg (Presumed Dutch) The remaining 4 colour ringed Red Knot details below:
Knot 2) Red Colour ring over Green Flag Ring over Green colour ring Left Leg, Red colour ring over Yellow Colour ring Right Leg.
Knot 3) Lime Colour ring over Red colour ring Left Leg, Lime colour ring over Red Colour ring over Lime Flag Right Leg.
Knot 4)White Colour ring over red Colour ring Left leg, Green Flag ring over Lime Colour ring right leg.
Knot 5) Yellow Flag ring over white colour ring over Red colour ring Right Leg, yellow colour ring over Lime colour ring Left Leg.