Today it is fair to say that rain stopped play. With not much wind the rain clouds didn't budge and a drizzle that kept birds hidden and kept binoculars steamed up lasted all day. Rain has been scarce this year up until the last few weeks and compared to just 20 or so miles in land the island stays very dry throughout the year. When rain does fall it is normally blown through either leaving a day of two halves or a day of short showers.
News then was thin on the ground and the day was spent doing paper work for the end of year report and in general preparation for the end of the year. The island still hosted the flock of Curlew with 22 seen, 15 Turnstones still fed on the beach, and birds of prey included singles of Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine and Merlin. Chaffinches were still calling from around the garden and Robins were ticking away but there was a real lack of noise from thrushes or any other finches.