December 2018

Monday 10th

A rather more pleasant morning with a light NW breeze, rather than the gales and rain that dominated most of the last four. A Brambling and a Siskin flew SW and the fields held at least 70 Skylarks and 160 Linnets, while 9 Redwings and 2 Fieldfares flew from the valley early on. A Little Egret and a Grey Wagtail were also seen in the bay.

Thursday 6th

It didn’t take long for a rather attractively dappled pre-dawn sky to turn into an old grey mare of a morning, though it stayed dry with a light SW breeze. 88 Redwings flew out of the valley and a party of Long-tailed Tits at the top of the valley contained at least one white-headed individual, though some dark blurring on the ear coverts probably rules out a genuine northern bird.

Tuesday 4th

A frosty start soon turned into a lovely bright winter day, with the merest breath from the NW. This stimulated some unexpected activity, mainly involving 463 Woodpigeons and 56 Stock Doves, with a supporting cast of 29 Redwings, 24 Skylarks and 3 Bullfinches, also flying SW or off the sea. A Siskin called above Lighthouse Down where a Short-eared Owl got up from the edge of the scrub to do a bit of barking at the local Buzzard.

Monday 3rd

Well, the valley still hasn’t gone entirely into winter mode, with 43 Redwings, 3 Fieldfares, 23 Goldfinches and a Brambling flying into some early showers.

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