After yesterdays non stop rain all day it was nice to wake up this morning to the rain not pounding the windows, instead the wind had got up instead! I decided on a trip to Reculver to see if any species were on site for the new year as its not long away now. It took an age to get light this morning but eventually I walked on down from the towers to Coldharbour and back in cloudy conditions with the occasional glimpse of the sun. Bird wise it was pretty quiet but I managed to see 20 Cormorant, 5 Meadow Pipit, 30 Ringed Plover, 6 Turnstone, 3 Linnet, 22 Brent Geese, 55 Red throated Diver flying east in small groups. It seemed that every time I scanned the sea they were flying past so no doubt a lot more missed. There were 20 Mallard, 2 Stonechat, 1 Little Egret, 15 Grey Plover, 2 Little Grebe, 8 Mute Swan, 15 Goldfinch, 10 Chaffinch, 4 Shelduck, 3 Oystercatcher, 10 Redshank, 1 Sparrowhawk, 4 Greylag Geese, 1 Wigeon and 1 Marsh Harrier. With no photos taken and the tide coming in I thought I would take the short drive to Hampton where hopefully a few Purple Sandpipers would be roosting. I parked up in the car park and the tide was already in but I could not see and birds roosting. Whilst looking over the rocks a call was heard below me and 2 of the 3 Purple Sandpiper were close by on the rocks. Their plumage blending in well with the surroundings. The sun was nowhere to be seen but there was just enough light to grab a few shots before they flew off to join a group of Redshank on the rocks.
I returned to the car to find another Purple Sandpiper walking along the ledge below the seawall but the light was not good by now. Despite the light, the shots have not come out too bad at all. I shall hopefully return when the sun shines during the holiday!! If its not raining I shall hopefully get out for a couple of hours tomorrow morning. Perhaps the Whooper Swans at Oare Marshes are worth a visit as I have never seen them at this site before although by the sounds of it I will have to get there quite early as they leave quite sharp, I will have to see what the morning brings!