Tuesday 12th July 2016
A dodgy weather forecast – dodgy in 2 ways:
1. Heavy thunderstorms forecast
2. Warm sunshine the reality with 5 mins of rain.
We had a marvellous day today with a long walk from St. Helen’s down the Duver and along Bembridge Harbour. Along the side of the Bembridge Nature Reserve (on hold for another day) then along the coast to Sandown and further along the coast to Shanklin.
2 Red Legged Partridge, 2 Stock Dove, Med. Gull, 8 Little Egret, Green Woodpecker, Herring Gull, Black Headed Gull, Coot, Many Cormorant, Great Black-backed Gull, Heron, Chiffchaff, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Pheasant, House Martin, Sand Martin, Many Pied Wagtail, Willow Warbler.Curlew.
What I though were Siskin at the time, but are juv. Greenfinch.
3 Buzzard, 2 Kestrel, Moorhen, Mute Swan, Lesser Black-backed Gull.
The top of the pops – a Peregrine Falcon high on the cliffs between Sandown and Shanklin.
What made it even better was that I’d eyeballed maybe 40 Wood Pigeon looking for a Falcon, before I caught sight of the Peregrine.