20 December, 2009
A bright, sunny and very cold morning enticed me down to the local patch again, where the best on offer was a Jack Snipe, flushed from the damp set-aside strip (behind the sea wall) at Atherington. A Common Snipe was also nearby, but there was no sign of any Brent Geese in the frozen fields today. At sea, c.20 R/b Mergansers and 8 Great Crested Grebes, but nothing really moving within viewing range, (though a few distant blurs on the horizon may have been Wigeon?) At Climping/Bailiffscourt a Firecrest showed well, a Chiffchaff did not, and a Treecreeper soon flitted off. There was an indication of a cold weather arrival of Song Thrushes with at least 8 logged; also lots of Blackbirds, 2 Siskins flew over calling and 2 Stonechats appeared.