Sunday 22nd January

It was overcast, mild but surprisingly windy when I when for a late morning run around the patch. The wind meant that most of the bird life was hunkered well down and I didn't see very much in either Burgess Field (a single SNIPE and 8 meadow pipits) or in the Trap Grounds. The floods themselves held the two RUFF, the usual large golden plover flock, a single SHELDUCK and though I couldn't see any redshank they may very well still be about along the river shoreline. I'm pleased to report that the PINTAIL are back with about ten birds present in total. The RED KITE was about again quartering over the Meadow and is becoming a pretty regular sighting. On the way home I found the LITTLE GREBE back in the Spinney stream.

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