|Mist at Riverside|
On the bushes along the path there were Blackbird, Chaffinch, Wood Pigeon, Robin, Crown and a couple of Dunnock.
As we moved along towards Motney (in a vain effort to keep warm) we saw Dunlin, Mallard and Pintail. It was obvious that there were plenty of birds out in the river, but all shrouded in fog.
|Frost on Teasel|
On the river Shelduck, Shoveler, Curlew, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Wigeon and Avocet also came into view as the fog swirled around. In the distance a Little Owl screeched - we did go looking for it but nothing was seen or heard again. In a nearby field there were over a dozen Blackbirds feeding with a Song Thrush and Chaffinch joining in.
Once again, Wood Pigeon and Collared Dove were gathered in large groups high in the tree tops - fluffed out against the cold. The most numerous birds were Blackbird, Dunnock (with Irene and Malcolm finding six in one place lined up on a fence), and most pleasingly Song Thrush. Having seen very few during last year, it has been great to see and hear so many in the last couple of weeks. Such delightful birds.
|Probably only a tenth of the wader roost at Cliffe|
|Sunset at Cliffe|
As we reached the path along the shore the tide was coming in and with it a change in the wind direction which seemed to have cleared the fog. The sun even poked through the clouds and we almost saw blue sky.
Teal were close into the shore as were Avocet, two Black-tailed Godwit, Ringed Plover, Grey Plover, Oystercatcher, Common Gull, Dunlin, more Redshank, three Red-breasted Merganser.
The islands in Radar Pool have been strimmed and large numbers of waders were roosting on them, the sunlight showing them off to great effect. Here were around 1270 Black-tailed Godwit, over 300 Dunlin, 150 Redshank, 19 Great Black-backed Gull, three Goldeneye, many Lapwing, and Shelduck, a distant Greenshank, and around a dozen Linnet.
Finally the -2.5 degree temperature got through the socks and gloves and we had to give in to the winter cold, but all in all another great day out.