Wednesday, 13 January 2016

With extremely strong winds the day before a trip down the the north hide this morning seemed like a good bet to see if anything new had been blown our way. The watch started well with a Great Northern Diver heading out west, close views of an adult Common Gull and 18 Common Scoter but slowly pittered out with only a few additions, 17 Guillemots, a single Razorbill and 24 Kittiwakes.

Thoughts of finding something different (a Pallas's Warbler perhaps, or anything different!) prompted a walk through the lowlands and a check of the withies.... Unfortunately no Pallas's Warbler but Three Stonechats in the lowlands were pleasant to watch as they perched along fence lines, dropping to the ground in search of food. The plantation and the Nant area at the north end were much the same in terms of quietness. A couple of Moorhens fed around the perimeters of the gardens, two Goldcrests restlesly gleamed food from tree branches, contacting each other from time with their high pitched "zee" calls as the odd Robins "ticked" and a handful of Wrens made their presence know.

Although very quiet in recent days there's always the promise of a new day and maybe something different........  

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