"What a difference 24 hours makes eh" After the glorious day of yesterday today was back to normal with a grey dull sky above, a cold wind and some real cold persistent rain late afternoon / early evening. This morning was spent sorting bits out and then this afternoon Martin and I jumped on the quad bike and headed to the end of the gravel plains spit. Above shows you one of the Drake Long tailed Duck's seen yesterday evening and below shows one of four Emperor Geese present today on the floods at the end of the spit.
Quite often when I walk alone out on the spit of the gravel plains I see Dog's just out in the middle of no where and above shows you one of two present a few days ago out near the flooded area. The individual above was trying to dig up the burrow's of Arctic Ground Squirrel's. Below shows you one of 3 Spoon billed Sandpiper's present at the Gravel plain's spit today. Also today I managed to see my first Glaucous Winged Gull (1st year) & also a Slaty Backed Gull (2nd, after the Rainham / Pitsea individual). Also seen today were large flocks of Red Knot in the distance near the beach and I guess that these birds are still heading morth to their northern Arctic breeding grounds (No rush as I suspect it is still quite frozen up there)??I just can't get enough of Spoon Billed Sandpiper's and the more I see them then the more I want to see them. Okay it is getting late (01:00hrs) so a cuppa, smoke and then bed. Photos of today's Gull's to follow soon.