Lovely, cold but sunny day. Started off at Widdrington tip and this is the first winter visit here when I have not seen a Snipe. Very quiet on the bird front with only four Grey partridges and three Reed buntings. My turn of duty at Ulgham local nature reserve. Almost birdless here with only a small party of Coal tits in the wood. I was thinking roll on spring when I came across an attractive clump of Snowdrops which added a splash of colour to an otherwise drab woodland floor.
On my way to Linton a flock of 45 Fieldrares and 2 redwings were at Crowden hill. I spent a couple of hours at Linton pond sifting through the gulls but saw nothing unusual. The gulls were quite flighty and a Fox was on the north shore but a Merlin flew over the pond and spooked everything. There were 19 Tufted and 66 Coot here. Bothal was quiet except for a stonechat at Bothal barns. I think this is the first time I have seen one in this area.