10th January

A very gloomy and colder day today in marked contrast with the glorious sunshine of yesterday. Down on the Meadow, the floods had receded some more and the grass strip between the river and floods now almost reaches all the way down to the boats. All birds were present and correct today: the 48 (I finally had a chance for an accurate count) BARNACLE GEESE, the four BAR-HEADED GEESE, the two WHITE-FRONTED GEESE and the four alien hybrids were all still about. On the duck front there were still the two SHELDUCK and 13 PINTAILS as well as the usual other suspects. On the wader front about 100 golden plover were back on show together with an accompanying DUNLIN (the first of the year). Near Weir Cottage I finally managed to catch up with my Mistle Thrush Year Tick.

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