I managed again to weave a few hours in at Holme whilst guiding today! Although the very cold SE wind, soon gave way to a couple of hours of heavy rain, it wasn't a great start to the day! Birds were few along the shoreline, but 1-2 Red-throated Diver, Common Scoter & 3 Red-breasted Merganser on the sea close inshore. A flock of 80 Linnet on the saltings but no sign of any Snow Bunts.
A nice surprise was c25 Fieldfare in the horse paddocks, the first decent flock of the winter! Also 4 Song Thrush, 6 Mistle thrush & 40 Curlew between here & Redwell.
As the ran set in we headed to the village hides, the Kingfisher was faithfully perched & added a great splash of colour to a grey morning! Then the rain abated, brightness prevailed & 6 Marsh Harriers took to the skies, with some display & calling. Further colour & brightness arrived in the form of 3 male Bullfinch & 2 females. Still no Great Spotted Woodpecker for me!