Still no let up from the easterly wind, although temperatures recovering to 8 degrees C; otherwise, bright and clear...
Spent the day in BEDFORDSHIRE, trying to catch up with some Year Ticks. Frustratingly, numerous birds found after I got home, namely 3 Ring Ouzels on Pegsdon Hills (per SCB) and female Marsh Harrier at Brogborough (Neil Wright).......
First off, joined Lol, Bob, Jack O'Neill and others at BLOWS DOWNS, but no sign of male Ring Ouzel seen briefly in the Paddocks by Rob Dazley and John Temple - in fact, nothing of note other than a single Song Thrush.
At BROGBOROUGH LAKE midday, all 6 GREATER SCAUP (4 drakes) and the winter-plumaged SLAVONIAN GREBE present, as well as 23 Common Goldeneye, first-summer Mute Swan, 4 Common Teal, 156 Tufted Duck and 8 Northern Pochard
ROOKERY PIT NORTH still held the breeding-plumaged SLAVONIAN GREBE (see pix above), plus 8 Great Crested Grebes and 2 Dabchicks.
CASTLE MILLS PIT (north of the Bypass) proved very productive regards waders, with GREEN SANDPIPER, 2 LITTLE RINGED PLOVER, 2 Ringed Plover, 4 Common Redshank, Oystercatcher pair and 13 Common Snipe, as well as 6 Gadwall and 8 Common Teal
A flock of 32 EUROPEAN GOLDEN PLOVER flew NNE over UPPER CALDECOTE, with nearby GYPSY LANE PITS EAST supporting 2 DUNLIN, 3 Ringed Plover, another pair of Oystercatchers, 3 Common Shelduck and 4 Pied Wagtails.
Over at THE LODGE RSPB, SANDY, COMMON CROSSBILL proved surprisingly easy in the pond area, with 7+ BRAMBLING, 40+ LESSER REDPOLL, 15 SISKIN, Nuthatch and Coal Tit at the entrance feeders.