When I arrived, perhaps due to said weather, there were no other volunteers available to open the hide with me so I went for a wander in the rain to see what I could see. That turned out to be not much out of the ordinary, but included my first Redwing of the autumn, prompting me to mutter darkly under my breath 'winter is coming' whilst really hamming up my Yorkshire accent Sean Bean-style. Also around were plenty of Snipe, new arrivals since I was last there, a ton of (well, 25) Cormorants, and the first few Wigeon and Goosander. Luckily I was well waterproofed but after an hour or so the damp was starting to seep in and my befogged spectacles were becoming somewhat tiresome, so I was relieved when some other volunteers arrived so that the hide could be opened.
Things were pretty quiet in the hide both bird- and visitor-wise, which at least meant I could get on with some drawing!
|Lapwings hunkering down on the island from the hide.|
|Grey Wagtail from the hide.|
|Sketches of Common Snipe and Grey Heron.|
|Grey Wagtail sketch.|