Friday 22 January
Beautiful sunny morning and warmer than of late but a very strong wind blowing down off the mountains and quite cold if exposed the main force. Perhaps, therefore, not surprising that only the one Black Redstart and a couple of Collared Doves seen by the time I reached the motorway underpass. Once beyond the motorway, the grassy field to the right of the entrance to the Experimental Station held a couple of White Wagtails along with a quartet of Meadow Pipits and at least a dozen Serin.
|Three of a dozen Serins Serinus serinus|
Carrying on down to the ford I noticed a few Chiffchaffs feeding in the bushes on the bank of the hidden pool whilst above a number of Lesser Black-backed and Black-headed Gulls passed over along with the feeding Crag Martins. Returning from the ford a Blackbird dashed over the river and across the track in front of me and a few more Serins noticed at the lower level.
Back under the motorway and not only a handful of House Sparrows, a few more Meadow Pipits and also a pair of Linnets which were busy preening themselves having just had a bath in the clean, flowing waters of the river. Crossing the road ford I noticed the fifteen Spotless Starlings on the wires above and once at the local sewage works noted that, today, there was only a single Cattle Egret present. All very quiet compared with recent days.
Cattle Egret, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Collared Dove, Crag Martin, Meadow Pipit, White Wagtail, Black Redstart, Blackbird, Chiffchaff, Spotless Starling, House Sparrow, Serin, Linnet.