The rain has kept me inside for most of this week. The only highlight were two swallows flying south, over Glanton, on Monday evening.
A break in the rain clouds meant that we were able to get some field work carried out in the Cheswick area. Highlights included a party of 42 snipe, 1 jack snipe and 24 skylarks flushed from a wet part of an arable field that had not been cut. There were also a small number of 'continental' blackbirds, 8 yellowhammers and 3 reed buntings.
At least six species of waxcap fungi were found in areas of 'fixed' sand dune but unfortunately there was also a patch of pirri-pirri bur. A flat calm sea produced only 2 shags. At 4pm, a large flock of 3,000+ starlings had started to gather to the north of Goswick Golf Club.