Weather: NW force 8, gusting to force 10 or more for a time during squalls
Our intrepid member (DB) walking out to the island in a gale force 8, found it took him more than twice as long as normal when a vicious squall battered him with a near hurricane force wind in which he found it hard to stand and got thoroughly soaked through. The tide came in very early, so check the weather if making a trip! Only a hundred Cormorants flew out today. Thirty Sanderling were in the east gutter, and 25 Ringed Plover by Middle. Three male Common Scoter were on the sea, no Grey seals were visible.