Wednesday, 21 January 2015


A grey miserable day. Started the day in very light snow with a walk around Watergate with just a handful of Siskin and Bullfinch feeding in the alders on the walk down to the pond. Almost totally iced over, the pond was reduced to just a couple of small open pools. Tufted Duck have built up to 11 and 2 Little Grebe were in the inlet stream. Plenty of Black-headed and Common Gull, but still no Meds yet.

Lacking enthusiasm and inspiration I headed to Druridge with a detour to Newbiggin. With no sign of the Newbiggin Black Redstart or the Green-winged Teal at Druridge I decided to call it a day. A bonus on the way south was a finch flock at Hemscott Hill, mostly Chaffinch, but there were also Tree Sparrow and Twite close to the road.

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