Having had a glorious day of sunshine on Saturday, I was looking forward to a long planned walk with our friends Ben and Caroline on Sunday. On waking up, I quickly realised that a lovely stroll in the sunshine was not what we were in for. The weather could not have been more opposite in character- throughout the day we had rain, sleet, hail and a lot of wind. Not exactly perfect for an adventure on foot. Although we made a detour en route to the lovely Rosie Lea tea rooms in Brockenhurst for a cuppa in the hope the rain would ease off by the time we’d finished, the miserable weather continued.
Warmed and undeterred, we jumped in the car and made our way over to Pennington Marshes to see how far we could wander before we gave up. Caroline and Ben have been following this blog so far (hello guys!) so birding was on the agenda, and through the wind and rain Chris and I were able to point out Wigeon, Teal, Pintail, Shoveller, Little Egret, Coot, Turnstone, Redshank and Oystercatcher among others, before we were so frozen in the sea breeze that we had to return to the car to warm up and dry off.
The boys march on checking out Dunlin whilst I’m distracted by Turnstones!
There’s been a ‘burder’- looks like a Swan wasn’t very lucky…
I’ve never had so much fun getting cold. Looking forward to our next outing!
In other news, my garden is becoming a bird haven- I spied 2 pairs of Siskin on Sunday and a lone Goldcrest on Monday morning whilst having breakfast. Sorry Bill Turnbull et al, the garden is becoming much more compelling viewing than BBC Breakfast!
A quick note on Chris’s behalf- he’s been super busy recently working a load of 8:00- 22:00 days to get a load of work out of the way, so not much time for blogging. I promise he’ll be back soon- his posts are far more entertaining than mine!