Although it was bright at times between the showers, a strong to gale force wind blew.
In the strong and gusty wind, my patch visit proved pretty useless, nothing could be heard, and most birds were sheltering. I checked the lakes just in case a duck species had dropped in to shelter from the storm, but just a few MALLARDS, MOORHEN and the 6 CANADA GEESE were present.
The MEADOW PIPITS rode the wind over at the Ashes Lane Field, where small numbers of REDWING and FIELDFARE were also seen. I watched the KESTREL balancing effortlessly on the gale as it hunted over the Greenhouse Grounds.
The largest gathering of birds seen today were the Gulls at Migrant Alley, where 60 - 80 BLACK HEADED GULLS, 20-30 HERRING GULLS, 2 COMMON GULLS and 3 LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS were feeding on the sheep pasture, where I thought I heard a Grey Wagtail fly over, but in the wind I couldn't be sure! Hopeless - plus i've run out of photo's!