Friday 6th January

Thankfully yesterday's wind had gone and it was quite a nice day today though noticeably cooler than the very mild temperatures that we've been having of late. I made my usual late afternoon visit down to the Meadow where there were still plenty of birds about though the gull roost was much smaller than yesterday (due to the better weather). Waders were well represented by 2 REDSHANK and 2 RUFF, the latter reported by Richard Foster. On the water fowl front there were 6 GOOSANDER (all but one were male) 2 SHELDUCK, 6 gadwall and at least 10 PINTAIL. In amongst the gulls were a common gull and two probable YELLOW-LEGGED GULLS.

I've also been hearing intriguing but unconfirmed reports about at least 2 ravens in the area for the last few days - today they were reported over by the Wolvercote area.

Shelduck are such lovely birds

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