Monday 30th January

Back to cold weather again though fortunately not cold enough to freeze the floods. My usual late afternoon visit found some lovely sunshine and the birds were looking wonderful bathed in the late afternoon glow. Still the usual suspects with 2 REDSHANK and 1 RUFF as well as a single SHELDUCK and a reasonable number of PINTAIL. The RED KITE was about again - he's now being seen quite regularly over the Kingston Road area.

I was just settling down to look through the gulls when a microlight flew low over the floods putting up absolutely every single bird! He then flew back over to make sure that he'd got rid of all of them before flying off over the city. Fortunately some of the gulls gradually returned and I was able to find a 2nd winter YELLOW-LEGGED GULL in amongst them though still no white-wingers.

The microlight chasing off all the birds...
...and some of the golden plover after they were put up

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