Today, I was to visit my mother and brother to spend the day with them BUT, I have a flu-type cold and cannot risk passing this to Mum - last time she had a cold, she ended up in hospital. So head ruled heart and I didn't go. It was very strange not to be with them today.
Was getting a little stir crazy, so early afternoon I jumped in the car and drove to Widewater lagoon. No Little Grebes around but the usual Cormorants and Little Egrets.
A group of Mallards with some 'strange' markings.
Five Mute Swan cygnets... Mum and Dad were further up the lagoon
AND a party of 9 Red-breasted Mergansers, of which 3 were male.
(Light was improving a little but they were far away....)
I then drove round to Shoreham Fort..
The rain clouds were gathering....
and the waves were crashing against the harbour wall..
A couple of Turnstones flew over and landed on the beach..
One of three brave souls surfing in the waves..
Good to blow away the cobwebs.... I was going to stop at Worthing pier..but.. the rain came back.