Tuesday, January 07, 2014

A Rainy Day....Saturday 4th January 2014.

With another dire forecast for today,it was peeing down already as i left home to pick Chris up at Cleethorpes,not a good omen.It was still dark when we arrived near to our first destination,so the obligatory visit to the local Maccies had to be added to the days itinerary.After demolishing a very tasty brekkie we decided to check the docks for the recently recorded Juvenile Iceland Gull.On arrival at the birds chosen area it was still pouring down and not many gulls were present,but then after one of the skips was filled with fish offal a superb adult Med Gull made an appearance and showed very nicely joining in the feeding melee.before the Juv Iceland suddenly appeared and did the same.The Iceland only briefly visited,returning to the dock with a large mouthful of fish,but the Med returned on a couple of occasions more.Also present were the ubiquitous Turnstones,the masters of scavenging,with about 40 birds present.After enjoying the gulls,we drove the short distance over to Cleethorpes CP to look for the reported Juvenile Black-throated Diver.After waiting what seemed like an eternity,the rain finally looked like it was easing and we went to have a look.We eventually found the diver keeping it's distance sheltering from the strong wind and rain behind the island on the lake,it eventually showed really well,feeding in the narrow channel along the side of the island.These are lovely divers and always look really smooth and velvety plumaged birds,what a beauty.Also present around the lake was a nicely confiding Kingfisher and a very showy 1st winter Drake Goosander.After our small window in the weather it began to rain again and we called it a day.A very wet and dismal day,brightened by some nice birds. 

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