I wrung out a few goodies from a sodding sodden rain-soaked marsh this evening with 42 Whimbrel, 1 Bar & c500 Black–tailed Godwit, 21 Redshank, 89 Common Teal, 260 Common Shelduck, 53 Gadwall, 47 Shoveler, 30 Tufted Duck and 17 Mallard.
The dreary conditions at least brought in a few hundred Swallow and Sand Martin which were feeding low over the water.
A Marsh Harrier dropped in at dusk while a Peregrine flew over the roosting flock of godwit and headed north.
A drenched Barn Owl had the indignity of being mobbed by a Common Gull before it gave up hunting and sat it out in a bush.
The rain hasn’t stopped all day but the sun finally made the briefest of appearances with a wink before it squeezed between the horizon and another rain belt moving in.
Observer: WSM and image from FMBB archive.