The wind stopped the boat from sailing and fog at Liskeard prevented the helicopter from flying... Not surprisingly Chris & Carol report Saturday 18th October as being dominated by the weather, with very few birds on the move and Swallows struggling to feed. Seen today were: 3 Merlin, 3 Water Rail, 2 Stonechat, a Wheatear and the first Goldcrests and Blackcaps since the Baillies' arrival. One Balearic Shearwater off North End. 2 Teal and a Tufted Duck on Pondsbury.
As a footnote, a group of five of us were at Hartland Heliport this morning waiting (in vain, as it turned out) for the chopper to arrive to go over to the island, when we found a Richard's Pipit as our consolation prize.