UK Bird Sight­ings

A com­pre­hen­sive round-up of birds seen on your patch dur­ing De­cem­ber

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AVON HIGH­LIGHTS: A Blyth’s Pipit at Blag­don (from 14th) was a county first. PORTISHEAD AND CLEVEDON: An Eider (from 2nd) was un­usual, as was a Shov­eler on the es­tu­ary (3rd). A La­p­land Bunting flushed (3rd) was a good record. There were four Com­mon Scot­ers (2nd-3rd), a Dart­ford War­bler (3rd) and Black Red­starts (4th, 12th-13th, and two on 18th & 21st). SEVERNSIDE: There was a Brent Goose (1st), a flock of 60 Kit­ti­wakes (23rd) and a Short-eared Owl (from 18th). THE RESER­VOIRS: The flock of Great White Egrets com­mut­ing between Chew and Blag­don was re­duced, but one at Bar­row Gur­ney (10th) was a site first. Blag­don logged 10 Bearded Tits (13th), a Jack Snipe (14th), a win­ter­ing Lit­tle Stint (from 20th) and a Wa­ter Pipit (31st). There were 12 Bewick’s Swans between Blag­don and Chew. Chew held a Ring-necked Duck, two Black-necked Grebes, sev­eral Wa­ter Pipits, 11 Scaup (31st) and an Oys­ter­catcher (20th). WE­STON-SU­PER-MARE: There were two Great White Egrets (to 11th), 10 Barnacle Geese (4th-18th) and 16 Com­mon Scot­ers (5th). A melanis­tic Snipe, pos­si­bly a Sabine’s Snipe, was present (12th-18th). There were three Jack Snipe, three Short-eared Owls and two Black Red­starts. OTHER SITES: There were up to 1,000 Golden Plovers at Penn­syl­va­nia. Red Kites were at Nailsea (3rd) and Clevedon (24th). There were Yel­low-browed War­blers at We­ston Lock, Bath (2nd) and Eastville Park, Bris­tol (18th-21st) with a Firecrest at the lat­ter (28th). A Siberian Chif­fchaff was at Keyn­sham STW (13th). A late Wil­low War­bler was at Avon­mouth (5th). Old­bury Power Sta­tion had two Black Red­starts all month. A Marsh Tit was un­usual in Clifton (13th). Richard Miel­carek CHAN­NEL ISLANDS GUERNSEY: An un­prece­dented in­flux of Cat­tle Egrets saw 18 in the Faux­quets Val­ley. Black-throated and Great Northern Divers, Great Crested and Slavo­nian Grebes, Com­mon Scoter and Red-breasted Mer­ganser were noted. A Bit­tern and Jack Snipe were at Claire Mare. A Long-tailed Duck was at Pem­broke Bay. Merlin, Buz­zard and Pere­grine were at Les Gran­tez. A Short-eared Owl was off­shore at Chouet. There was a Wa­ter Pipit at Fort Le Crocq through­out. Black Red­starts were wide­spread. A Cetti’s War­bler was at Grande Pre. Only sin­gle Siskins were re­ported. Rod Fer­brache CORN­WALL HIGH­LIGHTS: Amer­i­can Wi­geon were on the Gan­nel Es­tu­ary (15th-20th) and on the Ta­mar (25th-31st). The Green-winged Teal re­mained on the Hayle Es­tu­ary. Two Ring-necked Ducks were at Drift Reser­voir (16th-17th). Long-tailed Ducks were at St John’s Lake (16th) and Portscatho (23rd). A few Vel­vet Scot­ers were in the Car­rick Roads and Mounts Bay. A Pa­cific Diver was in Mount’s Bay (19th-31st). Bit­terns were at Marazion (1st-11th) and Par (3rd). Cat­tle Egrets were wide­spread, and in­cluded 18 at Pen­pol Creek (27th-30th) and nine at Looe Pool (29th). Great White Egrets were at Drift (17th-18th) and Marazion (18th), pos­si­bly the Drift bird. Four Spoon­bills were around the Ta­mar Es­tu­ary and two around Hayle. Black-necked Grebes peaked at 25 in the Car­rick Roads (30th). The Hud­so­nian Whimbrel re­mained at Per­ranutha­noe. A Ring-billed Gull was around Long Rock Pool (23rd-31st). Caspian Gulls were at Hayle (5th-7th), Marazion (19th-30th) and Cover­ack (23rd). An Ice­land Gull was at Drift Reser­voir, Hayle and Marazion (10th-30th). Glau­cous Gulls were at St Eval (1st), Hayle (18th), Crowdy (18th-27th) and Mouse­hole (22nd). Three Short-eared Owls were at Bartin­ney (16th-31st), with sin­gles at Zen­nor (17th) and Rose­nan­non (21st). A pos­si­ble Gyr­fal­con flew through Mor­vah (14th). Wood­larks were at Pol­gigga (2nd) and six at Nan­quidno. A late House Martin flew through Pol­gigga (2nd). A few Yel­low-browed War­blers and Black Red­starts were seen across the County. An East­ern Black Red­start was at Mouse­hole (18th-31st). Wa­ter Pipits were at Tr­eraven (3rd), two at Hayle (18th) and two at Walm­s­ley (27th). A Hawfinch was in Truro (19th). La­p­land Bunt­ings were at sev­eral sites, in­clud­ing 18 at Trevose (30th). Three Lit­tle Bunt­ings were around Nan­jizal (18th-31st). Sara Mcma­hon (01752 242 823) DEVON NORTH DEVON: The Taw Es­tu­ary had 19 Eiders, a Great Northern Diver and Long-tailed Duck. Braun­ton logged a Red Kite, Swal­low, two Cetti’s War­blers, a Yel­low-browed War­bler and 45 Chif­fchaffs. Sk­ern had two Spot­ted Red­shanks, five Com­mon Scot­ers and 52 Pin­tails. Hart­land Point had a Hen Harrier and four Red-throated Divers. Northam Bur­rows had three Snow Bunt­ings. Four Pur­ple Sand­pipers were at West­ward Ho! A Red-throated Pipit was on Lundy. A Merlin was at Bide­ford. Great White Egrets were at Wist­land­pound Reser­voir and Ar­ling­ton. Lower Ta­mar Lake had two Wil­low Tits, 35 Goosanders and 50 Snipe. Up­per Ta­mar Lake held a Cat­tle Egret and Hen Harrier. SOUTH DEVON: Tor­bay logged a Siberian Chif­fchaff, Slavo­nian Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Black-throated Diver, 12 Red-throated Divers, two Great Northern Divers, a Surf Scoter, 276 Com­mon Scot­ers, eight Vel­vet Scot­ers, two Yel­low-browed War­blers, three Wa­ter Rails, an Eider, five Cirl Bunt­ings, two Black-necked Grebes, 45 Snipe, 276 Com­mon Scot­ers, four Mediter­ranean Gulls, 73 Com­mon Gulls, six Chif­fchaffs and 11 Great Crested Grebes. Two Cat­tle Egrets were at Wad­deton. Ex­mouth had five Pur­ple Sand­pipers, a Yel­low-browed War­bler, Siberian Chif­fchaff, Firecrest, two Vel­vet Scot­ers, a Bon­a­parte’s Gull, Scaup and Black Red­start. Exmin­ster Marshes had ten Barnacle Geese, 1,000 Wi­geon, a Merlin, two White­fronts, a Marsh Harrier and 60 Brent Geese. Bowl­ing Green Marsh logged 700 Black-tailed God­wits, 500 Avo­cets, a Spot­ted Redshank, 30 Bar-tailed God­wits and an Amer­i­can Wi­geon. Slap­ton had three Black-necked Grebes, ten Lit­tle Grebes, a Firecrest, Red-necked Grebe, Long-tailed Duck, Black Red­start, 11 Com­mon Scot­ers, eight Vel­vet Scot­ers, two Great Northern Divers, three Red-throated Divers, a Scaup and Black-throated Diver. Co­la­ton Raleigh, Wood­bury Com­mon and Emswor­thy, Dart­moor had Great Grey Shrikes. Two Yel­low-browed War­blers were in Ply­mouth, with sin­gles at Stoke Gabriel, Staver­ton and Corn­wor­thy. Teign­grace had seven Cat­tle Egrets, 140 Com­mon Scot­ers and two Cirl Bunt­ings. West Charleton Marsh had a Great Northern Diver, two Slavo­nian Grebes, a Whimbrel, 16 Red-breasted Mer­gansers, a Long-tailed Duck, 55 Pin­tails, two Wa­ter Rails and a Green Sand­piper. Start Bay had a Long-tailed Duck, Black-necked Grebe, two Red-throated Divers, two Great Northern Divers, two Vel­vet Scot­ers and 800 Guille­mots. Thurle­stone had a Desert Wheatear and Black Red­start. A Siberian Chif­fchaff was at Chilling­ton. Top­sham had 780 Golden Plovers, 25 Knot, 500 Avo­cets, 1,000 Black-tailed God­wits, a Yel­low-browed War­bler, Long-tailed Duck, two Gold­eneyes and a Marsh Harrier. Soar had a Merlin, 260 Sky­larks, 12 Cirl Bunt­ings, a Black Red­start, Firecrest, 235 Lin­nets and 32 Yel­lowham­mers. An Amer­i­can Wi­geon was on the Ta­mar Es­tu­ary. Har­vey Ken­dall DORSET HIGH­LIGHTS: The Lesser Yel­lowlegs re­mained at Lytch­ett Fields and was joined by a Green-winged Teal (from 5th). Great White Egrets were at Long­ham Lakes, Lod­moor and Poole Har­bour. A Lit­tle Stint was at Long­ham Lakes (1st and 6th). A Snow Bunting was at High­cliffe and two Cranes over Ware­ham (3rd). Four Cat­tle Egrets were at Not­ting­ton (6th), with oth­ers at Bock­hamp­ton, East Holme and Wink­ton. A Stone Curlew vis­ited Fer­ry­bridge (4th). Black Brants were at Fer­ry­bridge and Mid­dle­bere. Great Grey Shrikes were at Can­ford Heath, Godlingston Heath and Hart­land Moor. A Hume’s Leaf War­bler was at Avalanche Road (14th-23rd). Two Richard’s Pipits were at Ab­bots­bury Swan­nery (14th-26th). West Bex­ing­ton had an Ice­land Gull (17th and 23rd). A Rose-coloured Star­ling was in Dorch­ester (28th and 31st). A Bewick’s Swan was at Avon Cause­way (29th). Yel­low-browed War­blers were at four sites. Bram­blings were at Cold Har­bour and Stan­pit Marsh. AB­BOTS­BURY: There were nine Scaup, Long-tailed Ducks and a Ruff. Fer­ry­bridge had pale-bel­lied Brent Geese, Goosanders and a Great Northern Diver. Rod­den Hive held Barnacle Geese. CHRISTCHURCH HAR­BOUR: Eiders, Goosanders, Red-throated and Great Northern Divers, a Spot­ted Redshank, Jack Snipe, Sand­wich Terns and Firecrests were noted. POOLE HAR­BOUR: There were Barnacle, Brent and Grey­lag Geese, Shel­ducks, Wi­geon, Gad­wall, Teal, Pin­tails, Shov­el­ers, Com­mon Scot­ers, Great Northern Divers, Black-necked Grebes, a Slavo­nian Grebe, Spoon­bills, Avo­cets, Lap­wings, a Whimbrel, Curlews, Black-tailed and Bar-tailed God­wits, Knot, a Ruff, San­der­ling, Dunlin, Spot­ted Red­shanks, Green­shanks, a Green Sand­piper and Snipe.

Hen Har­ri­ers, Marsh Har­ri­ers, Mer­lins, a Wa­ter Rail, Short-eared Owl, Wa­ter Pipits and Lesser Red­polls were noted. PORT­LAND BILL: A Puf­fin passed (18th). Port­land Har­bour/wey­mouth Bay held Eiders, Goosanders, Red-throated and Great Northern Divers, a Black-necked Grebe and Slavo­nian Grebe. Lod­moor and Radipole held Scaup, Pochards, a Bit­tern, Jack Snipe, Wa­ter Pipits and a Siberian Chif­fchaff. OTHER SITES: Maiden Cas­tle recorded 2,000 Golden Plovers. Black Red­starts were at eight sites. Durl­ston held sev­eral Firecrests. Long­ham Lakes recorded Jack Snipe, Snipe, a Redshank, Wa­ter Rail and Wa­ter Pipit. Robin Trun­dle ISLES OF SCILLY HIGH­LIGHTS: Four Spoon­bills were in the Sam­son area. The three Black-necked Grebes win­ter­ing in St Mary’s har­bour re­duced to two mid-month. A Cetti’s War­bler was at Porth Hel­lick all month with a Great Spot­ted Wood­pecker noted oc­ca­sion­ally, also seen on St Mary’s. Two Jack Snipe were at Porth Hel­lick, with one, pos­si­bly two, Swal­lows on St Mary’s (1st). Two Eiders were off Bar Point (2nd). The Wood Sand­piper re­mained in Lower Moors (to 12th). Firecrests were noted oc­ca­sion­ally on the Na­ture Trails on St Mary’s, with an­other on Tresco (30th). Yel­low-browed War­blers were noted spo­rad­i­cally on St Mary’s from mid-month with two in Lower Moors at the end of the month. Shov­el­ers were at New­ford Duck Pond (12th) and at Porth Hel­lick (28th). Fif­teen Com­mon Scot­ers were between the islands (16th) with six Slavo­nian Grebes in the Roads (17th). A Glau­cous Gull was at Morn­ing Point, St Mary’s (24th). Two Black Red­starts were around Hugh Town at the end of the year. A Wil­low War­bler was in Lit­tle Porth (26th-27th). A King­fisher was at Porth Hel­lick (28th). Four Slavo­nian Grebes were between the islands (29th), when a Brent Goose was off Sam­son. Six Mediter­ranean Gulls were in Tresco Chan­nel (30th). Will Wagstaff


High­lights In as­so­ci­a­tion with The rarest bird in the re­gion this month was a dully coloured stonechat present at Dun­geness, Kent, since early Novem­ber, which was found by DNA anal­y­sis to be a Ste­j­neger’s Stonechat (a sub­species of Siberian Stonechat). The Desert Wheatear in East Sus­sex (at Norman’s Bay) re­mained un­til 9th.

BED­FORD­SHIRE HIGH­LIGHTS: A Grey Phalarope was at Broom GP (2nd-4th). The two Vel­vet Scot­ers re­mained at Broom GP or Ar­lesey (to 4th). A Great Northern Diver was at Grove­bury SP (to 11th). A Scaup was Brog­bor­ough Lake (from 18th). Four White-fronted Geese were at Cain­hoe (to 9th). A dark-bel­lied Brent Goose was at Pri­ory CP (29th). Smew were at Marston Vale Mil­len­nium CP (12th) and Great Bar­ford (17th). Waxwings were at Ever­ton, Mep­per­shall and Lu­ton. A Siberian Chif­fchaff was at Bed­ford (31st). Robin Chit­ten­den. For the lat­est bird news please phone 09068 700 245. Calls to 09068 700245 from a land­line or mo­bile phone cost 65p per minute plus your phone com­pany ac­cess charge. Ser­vice pro­vided by Bird­line East Anglia. For en­quiries please call 0330 333 6946 or 07941 333 970; www.bird­li­neeas­t­an­ BERK­SHIRE HIGH­LIGHTS: A Great White Egret was at Moor Green Lakes (1st). Fer­rug­i­nous Ducks were at Din­ton Pas­tures (4th-24th) and at Moat­lands GP (4th). Great Grey Shrikes were at Cow Down (1st) and Wish­moor Bottom, Swin­ley For­est (11th-16th). DIN­TON PAS­TURES CP: High­lights in­cluded a Bit­tern (27th), Shel­duck (31st), Scaup (7th-11th), four Wa­ter Rails and two Jack Snipe. OTHER SITES: A Brent Goose was at Queen Mother Reser­voir (14th), with six at Moor Green Lakes (18th). Pin­tails were at Lower Farm GP (9th) and Wool­hamp­ton GP (27th). A Scaup was at Moat­lands GP, Theale (4th-22nd). A Smew was at Sear­les Lane GP, Burgh­field (4th). Jack Snipe were at Pad­worth Lane GP (28th) and Eton Wick (29th). Two Firecrests were at Whiteknights Park, Read­ing (4th-5th). Marek Wal­ford (www.berks­ BUCKINGHAMSHIRE HIGH­LIGHTS: A Slavo­nian Grebe was at Gay­hurst Quarry (14th-26th). A Great White Egret was at Ad­ding­ton (1st). The Brent Goose re­mained at Lit­tle Marlow GP (to 4th). A Scaup was at Lin­ford Re­serve (to 27th). Two Waxwings were at Bea­cons­field (19th). CALVERT LAKES: There were two Bit­terns (all month) and a Pin­tail (10th). LIT­TLE MARLOW GP: High­lights were a Caspian Gull (1st and 3rd) and Lesser Spot­ted Wood­pecker (3rd). OTHER SITES: A Bit­tern was at Mar­sworth Reser­voir (29th). A Ruff was at Manor Farm Quarry (22nd). A Jack Snipe was at Dor­ney Lake (6th). The Bram­bling roost at Penn Wood peaked at 54 (15th). Adam Bas­sett (www.bucks­bird­ HAMP­SHIRE BLASHFORD LAKES/AVON VAL­LEY: Two Ring-billed Gulls roosted. There were Caspian Gulls (10th and 17th), Yel­low-legged Gulls and Mediter­ranean Gulls. There were two Great White Egrets, reg­u­lar Wa­ter Pipit and Bram­bling sight­ings, a White-fronted Goose (8th-11th), also seen in the Avon Val­ley, the oc­ca­sional Bit­tern, Wood­cock and Jack Snipe, and a Bewick’s Swan (28th). FARLINGTON MARSHES/LANGSTONE HAR­BOUR: The Short-eared Owls re­mained. A Barn Owl was recorded (4th). There were 60 Avo­cets, a Green­shank and Spot­ted Redshank. The har­bour held a Kit­ti­wake (15th) and Scaup (17th). Over­win­ter­ing birds in­cluded two Long-tailed Ducks, two Com­mon Scot­ers, a Great Northern Diver, 13 Gold­eneyes and 14 Black-necked Grebes. TITCHFIELD HAVEN: There was a Snow Bunting (14th-30th), Caspian Gull (28th), and a prob­a­ble Siberian Chif­fchaff along the canal path. A Black Red­start was seen (14th). Wa­ter Pipits were reg­u­lar. Waders in­clude 85 Golden Plovers (15th), a Lit­tle Stint (6th), Bar-tailed Godwit (2nd), Green Sand­piper (6th), Jack Snipe, and the oc­ca­sional Green­shank. There was a Short-eared Owl (1st), Merlin (4th), and four Marsh Har­ri­ers. A Raven was seen (6th). Off­shore were 53 Com­mon Scot­ers (6th), 35 Eiders (20th), three Vel­vet Scot­ers (1st-15th), Red-throated Divers (20th & 31st), a Great Northern Diver (31st), Guille­mot (18th), Ra­zor­bill (27th) and Long-tailed Duck (27th-31st). OTHER SITES: Five Cat­tle Egrets were at War­bling­ton (15th-31st), with sin­gles at Eling (14th-31st) and Chill­ing Coastal Area (4th). A Siberian Chif­fchaff was at Darby Green (4th). Five Waxwings were at Town­hill Way, Southamp­ton (17th). A Ring-necked Para­keet was at Mans­bridge, Southamp­ton (2nd-24th). A Long-eared Owl was at Southamp­ton West­ern Docks (5th). Great Grey Shrikes were at four New For­est lo­ca­tions. There were five Ruff at Pen­ning­ton Marsh (24th-31st). A Lit­tle Gull was at Fare­ham (22nd-31st). A Bewick’s Swan flew over Old Al­res­ford (25th). A Black Red­start was at Priddy’s Hard. Six Bram­blings were at We­ston Com­mon (30th). A White Wag­tail was at Ranvilles Lane, Stub­bing­ton (26th). A Lit­tle Grebe at New­lands Farm, Stub­bing­ton was a site first (4th-31st). A Black-throated Diver was at Black Point, Hayling Is­land (31st), with a Great Northern Diver and two Sand­wich Terns (6th). Four Slavo­nian Grebes were at Pen­ning­ton Marsh (24th), with a Ra­zor­bill (28th). Guille­mots, Com­mon Scot­ers and Eiders were at sev­eral lo­ca­tions. Amy Rob­johns HERT­FORD­SHIRE HIGH­LIGHTS: Five Waxwings were in Hart­ford (from 19th), with a cou­ple at Pan­shanger Park and Ox­hey (8th), and four at Wel­wyn Gar­den City (27th-28th). Smew were at Amwell and Stock­ers Lake. A Wa­ter Pipit was at Rye Meads, where there was a Siberian Chif­fchaff (17th). Two Great White Egrets were at Tyt­ten­hanger GP. A Dark-bel­lied Brent Goose was at Wil­stone Reser­voir (27th). Robin Chit­ten­den. For the lat­est bird news please phone 09068 700 245. Calls to 09068 700245 from a land­line or mo­bile phone cost 65p per minute plus your phone com­pany ac­cess charge. Ser­vice pro­vided by Bird­line East Anglia. For en­quiries please call 0330 333 6946 or 07941 333 970; www.bird­li­neeas­t­an­ KENT HIGH­LIGHTS: A Ste­j­neger’s Stonechat was at Dun­geness NNR (from 28th). A Caspian Gull was also there (28th). Dun­geness RSPB logged two Bit­terns, three Smew, a Long-eared Owl (16th-24th), a Scaup and Kit­ti­wake (18th), three Caspian Gulls (23rd), 29 Bewick’s Swans (29th) and a Ring-necked Duck. Cat­tle Egrets were at Sam­phire Hoe CP (3rd), Dun­geness RSPB (5th-9th), Chislet (6th-12th), Marsh­side (13th-21st) and Hare­plain (16th-28th). A Richard’s Pipit and two Hen Har­ri­ers were at Shell Ness/swale (4th-11th). A Crane was at Capel Fleet, Shep­pey (6th-30th). SUR­REY HIGH­LIGHTS: A Cat­tle Egret over Ep­som (2nd) was the se­cond county record. A Long-tailed Duck took up res­i­dence at Fren­sham Great Pond early in the month then trans­ferred to Fren­sham Lit­tle Pond. The iden­tity of a pos­si­ble Siberian Stonechat at Rich­mond Park (from 29th) is still be­ing in­ves­ti­gated. LON­DON WET­LAND CEN­TRE: A Caspian Gull (2nd), Bearded Tit, Bit­tern, Black-tailed Godwit, Jack Snipe, Pin­tail and Wa­ter Pipit were noted. STAINES RESER­VOIRS: A Great Northern Diver was at Staines Reser­voir (25th). Other records in­cluded Black-necked Grebe and Scaup. OTHER SUR­REY WA­TER­WAYS: Bed­ding­ton held a Long-eared Owl (14th), and Jack Snipe, Wa­ter Pipits, Caspian, Glau­cous and Ice­land Gulls (31st). Sixty Golden Plovers were at Tice’s Meadow, Farn­ham (10th). Hol­methorpe SP was vis­ited by a Black Red­start (18th). A Red-crested Pochard was on Bram­ley Mill Pond. OTHER SITES: A Marsh Harrier was in the Staines area (3rd-4th). Short-eared Owls were at Staines Moor (2nd and 14th). Great Grey Shrikes were seen reg­u­larly at Thurs­ley Com­mon and Fren­sham Com­mon, at Ash Ranges (26th) and Farn­ham Heath (29th). A Glossy Ibis flew over Bus­bridge, near Go­dalm­ing (29th). Peter Bryant SUS­SEX EAST SUS­SEX: The Desert Wheatear re­mained at Norman’s Bay (to 9th). There were

11 Vel­vet Scot­ers off­shore (3rd) and six (4th). A Black Red­start was present (4th and 8th). The Great Grey Shrike re­mained around Gills Lap, Ash­down For­est. A Serin was at Tide Mills (24th-29th), with 12 Pur­ple Sand­pipers there (29th). A Cat­tle Egret was at Pid­dinghoe (5th). WEST SUS­SEX: The Great Grey Shrike re­mained around Waltham Brooks. The Rose-coloured Star­ling was at Craw­ley through­out. A Stone Curlew was at Selsey Bill (4th). Two Siberian Chif­fchaffs were at Cold­waltham STW (11th-24th), with three there (27th). An­other was at Waltham Brooks (15th). A Great White Egret was at Pul­bor­ough (7th), and at Pul­bor­ough Brooks RSPB (9th), when five Bewick’s Swans flew over.


High­lights In as­so­ci­a­tion with North Nor­folk’s Is­abelline Wheatear, at Burn­ham Overy Dunes, con­tin­ued its long stay un­til 10th. A male Dark-eyed Junco was in a gar­den in West Mersea, Es­sex on 8th, but not again. A Hume’s Leaf War­bler was at Scratby Hall, Nor­folk and a Red-breasted Goose was with Pink­feet in the same county, at Dock­ing.

CAMBRIDGESHIRE HIGH­LIGHTS: The Ring-necked Duck re­mained at Pax­ton Pits as did the Dip­per at Bass­ing­bourne. Glossy Ibises were at Ely (to 4th) and Sedge Fen (12th). Great Grey Shrikes were at Water­beach (5th), King­fish­ers Bridge (12th-16th) and Wicken Fen (29th-30th). A Cat­tle Egret re­mained at the Nene Washes, with oth­ers at His­ton (4th) and Ouse Washes (9th). Three Great Northern Divers were at Grafham Wa­ter with a Red-necked Grebe there (from 8th) and two Com­mon Scot­ers. Four­teen Smew were at Need­ing­worth Pits and 10 at Ouse Fen (23rd). Fen Dray­ton held a Slavo­nian Grebe (11th), three Scaup, three Smew and a Siberian Chif­fchaff. A Black Red­start was at Cam­bridge (14th-16th). Two tun­dra Bean Geese were at March Farm­ers (22nd) and an­other at March (27th). An Ice­land Gull was at Dogsthorpe Tip (23rd). Fif­teen Short-eared Owls were at Bur­well Fen. A La­p­land Bunting flew over Ouse Washes (3rd). Waxwings were at Somer­sham, Glin­ton, Melbourne and 10 at Horn­ingsea (31st). Robin Chit­ten­den. For the lat­est bird news please phone 09068 700 245. Calls to 09068 700245 from a land­line or mo­bile phone cost 65p per minute plus your phone com­pany ac­cess charge. Ser­vice pro­vided by Bird­line East Anglia. For en­quiries please call 0330 333 6946 or 07941 333 970; www.bird­li­neeas­t­an­glia. NOR­FOLK HIGH­LIGHTS: A Red-breasted Goose was at Dock­ing (19th-30th), with the Todd’s Canada Goose there (to 29th). Titch­well logged a Fer­rug­i­nous Duck (19th-23rd), 73 Long-tailed Ducks, 57 Vel­vet Scot­ers, two Black-throated Divers, three Great Northern Divers, a Black-necked Grebe, six Slavo­nian Grebes, a Red-necked Grebe, and a Grey Phalarope (2nd). Sim­i­lar species were also in Holkham Bay. There were 39 Shore Larks at Holkham Gap with a few at Salt­house and Blak­eney Point. Tun­dra Bean Geese were with Pink­feet in good num­bers around the coastal fringe. A Great Northern Diver was at Martham Broad (3rd-11th). The Is­abelline Wheatear re­mained at Burn­ham Overy Dunes (to 10th). A Hume’s Yel­low-browed War­bler was at Scratby (4th-10th). There was a small in­flux of Waxwings at the end of De­cem­ber. Cat­tle Egrets were at Surling­ham (3rd-24th), Buck­en­ham (24th) and four at Halver­gate (from 27th). BREYDON WA­TER: Max­ima were 71 Lit­tle Egrets, 12 Great Crested Grebes, 11,410 Pink­feet, 16 White­fronts, six Egyp­tian Geese, three Barnacle Geese, a dark-bel­lied Brent Goose, 70 Shel­ducks, 16,320 Wi­geon, 71 Gad­wall, 2,515 Teal, 161 Pin­tails, 683 Shov­el­ers, eight Oys­ter­catch­ers, 137 Avo­cets, 50 Ringed Plovers, 29,400 Golden Plovers, 49 Grey Plovers, 8,100 Lap­wings, 74 Knot, 5,560 Dunlin, 20 Snipe, 1,890 Black-tailed God­wits, 61 Bar-tailed God­wits, two Spot­ted Red­shanks, 800 Curlews, 900 Red­shanks, sin­gle Com­mon and Green Sand­pipers and 117 Mediter­ranean Gulls. A Rough-legged Buz­zard, four Buz­zards, nine Marsh Har­ri­ers, a Hen Harrier and Merlin hunted. There were seven Stonechats, two Snow Bunt­ings, 36 Sky­larks and three Rock Pipits. NOA HOLME BIRD OB­SER­VA­TORY: Max­ima in­cluded a Chif­fchaff, Shore Lark, Barn Owl, Hen Harrier, Merlin, Wood­cock, King­fisher, Short-eared Owl, Green­shank, Spot­ted Redshank, Lit­tle Gull, Shag, Gan­net, Puf­fin, 1,000 Teal, two Wa­ter Rails, nine Long-tailed Ducks, 14 Red-throated Divers, two Black-throated Divers, two Slavo­nian Grebes, 150 Com­mon Scot­ers, two Black-tailed God­wits, five Rock Pipits, 250 Field­fares, 1,000 Lap­wings, 15 Snipe, 11 Eiders, three Vel­vet Scot­ers, eight Gold­eneyes, two Great Northern Divers, five Ful­mars, two Guille­mots, 20 Red-breasted Mer­gansers, five Stonechats, 40 Twite, 1,500 Com­mon Gulls, 30 Great Crested Grebes, four Bearded Tits, eight Bewick’s Swans, two Cetti’s War­blers and six Waxwings. NOA REDWELL MARSH: High­lights of the month were a Wood­cock, Buz­zard and 749 Pink­feet. CLEY AREA: High­lights of the month in­cluded an Ice­land Gull, Long-tailed Duck, Spoon­bill, Jack Snipe, Wa­ter Pipit, two pale-bel­lied Brent Geese, seven Bewick’s Swans, two Caspian Gulls, a Snow Bunting, Vel­vet Scoter, Black Brant, around 500 dark-bel­lied Brent Geese, 42 Eurasian White­fronts, two Short-eared Owls and a Wa­ter Pipit. Pete Al­lard, So­phie Barker (Nor­folk

Or­nithol­o­gists’ As­so­ci­a­tion, and Robin Chit­ten­den. For the lat­est bird news please phone 09068 700 245. Calls to 09068 700245 from a land­line or mo­bile phone cost 65p per minute plus your phone com­pany ac­cess charge. Ser­vice pro­vided by Bird­line East Anglia. For en­quiries please call 0330 333 6946 or 07941 333 970; www.bird­li­neeas­t­an­glia. SUF­FOLK HIGH­LIGHTS: A Great Grey Shrike was at Sut­ton Com­mon in­ter­mit­tently. Tun­dra Bean Geese were at Holles­ley, Trim­ley, Ramsholt, Falken­ham and North War­ren. A Smew was at Thor­ing­ton Street Reser­voir. A few Long-tailed Ducks and Vel­vet Scot­ers were off Dun­wich, with 50 Twite there. A Great Northern Diver was recorded on the River Alde at Slaugh­den. Slavo­nian and Black-necked Grebes were at Al­ton Wa­ter Reser­voir. Three Slavo­nian Grebes were off Stut­ton Ness. The Cat­tle Egret re­mained at Iken and two more birds were recorded near Bayl­ham (22nd). A Balearic Shear­wa­ter flew past Thor­pe­ness (19th). Glau­cous Gulls were recorded at Land­guard and Holles­ley Marshes. Waxwings weren’t wide­spread but were seen at Rendle­sham and Bun­gay. Robin Chit­ten­den. For the lat­est bird news please phone 09068 700 245. Calls to 09068 700245 from a land­line or mo­bile phone cost 65p per minute plus your phone com­pany ac­cess charge. Ser­vice pro­vided by Bird­line East Anglia. For en­quiries please call 0330 333 6946 or 07941 333 970; www.bird­li­neeas­t­an­glia.


High­lights Inas­so­ci­a­tion with Two huge rar­i­ties were found in the re­gion dur­ing De­cem­ber. Firstly, there was a Dusky Thrush at Bee­ley, Der­byshire (found on 4th), which was still present into the New Year. Just af­ter Christ­mas, an even more as­ton­ish­ing find came in the form of a male Blue Rock Thrush, at Stow-on-the-wold, Glouces­ter­shire. DER­BYSHIRE HIGH­LIGHTS: A Dusky Thrush was at Bee­ley Vil­lage (from 4th). A Great Northern Diver re­turned to Cars­ing­ton Wa­ter (from 20th), with a dark-bel­lied Brent Goose there (25th). A Gan­net was at Carr Vale (13th). The Shag was found dead at Li­nacre Reser­voir (18th), a stay of just over a year. A Bit­tern was at Willing­ton GP. The Long-tailed Duck re­mained at Long Ea­ton GP. Two Vel­vet Scot­ers were at Staunton Harold Reser­voir (from 16th). A Smew re­turned to As­ton-on-trent GP (9th), with two more there (15th) and an­other at Willing­ton GP (15th). An Ice­land Gull was at Fore­mark Reser­voir (30th). A Wa­ter Pipit was at Ogston Reser­voir (12th). Two Siberian Chif­fchaffs were at Carr Vale (from 11th), with an­other at Drakelow (18th) and two at Old Whit­ting­ton SF from mid-month. A Firecrest was at Willing­ton GP (14th). Great Grey Shrikes were Tri­an­gle/hare­woodon Bog Moor (4th) Moor and (27th).on Bee­ley AS­TON-ON-TRENTGold­eneyes, two Goosanders,GP: There two were Wa­ter 24 Rails and a Green Sand­piper. CARR Swans, VALE:620 Pink­feet, High­lights11 Goosanders,in­cluded two a Bewick’sHen Harrier,Dunlin, Wood­cock,three Pere­grines,ten Gold­en­six Wa­ter Plovers, Rails, a a Caspi­anPied Wag­tail­sGull, Kit­ti­wake,and nine Waxwings.four Grey Wag­tails, 55 CARS­ING­TON WA­TER: There was a Lit­tle Egret, two White­fronts, 250 Pink­feet, 16 Gold­eneyes, 17 Goosanders, a Pere­grine, Lit­tle Stint, Ruff, Curlew, 280 Golden Plovers, 48 Snipe, four Jack Snipe, three Wood­cocks, three Red­shanks, three Yel­low-legged Gulls, 14 Grey Wag­tails, 70 Siskins, a Bram­bling and Cross­bill. CHURCH WILNE RESER­VOIR: There were 58 Great Crested Grebes, 180 Cor­morants, 15 Gold­eneyes, two Com­mon Scot­ers and a Red-breasted Mer­ganser. DRAKELOW: There were 179 Cor­morants, a Lit­tle Egret, Shel­duck, four Gold­eneyes, five Goosanders, four Wa­ter Rails, two Pere­grines, a Yel­low-legged Gull, eight Snipe, three Wood­cocks, two Green Sand­pipers and seven Waxwings. FORE­MARK RESER­VOIR: There were six Gold­eneyes, 11 Goosanders, a Lit­tle Egret, Com­mon Scoter, Barn Owl, 11 Caspian Gulls and four Yel­low-legged Gulls. LONG EA­TON GP: There were 19 Lit­tle Grebes, 47 Great Crested Grebes, three Lit­tle Egrets, a county record 26 Egyp­tian Geese, four Pin­tails, five Red-crested Pochards, four Gold­eneyes, 14 Goosanders, four White­fronts, a Pere­grine Fal­con and Green Sand­piper. OGSTON RESER­VOIR: There was a Pink-footed Goose, six Gold­eneyes, a Goosander, 30 Snipe, 20 Golden Plovers, a Caspian Gull, two Yel­low-legged Gulls, 540 Stock Doves, 690 Red­wings, 20 Red­polls and a Bram­bling. WILLING­TON GP: There were two Lit­tle Egrets, four Pin­tails, a Scaup, seven Wa­ter Rails, two Golden Plovers, four Curlews, a Caspian Gull and Yel­low-legged Gull. OTHER SITES: Two Whooper Swans were at Pools Brook Marsh. A Pin­tail was at Locko Park. A Scaup and ten Pin­tails were at High­bridge GP. A Red-breasted Mer­ganser, four Lit­tle Egrets and 12 Goosanders were at St. Chads Wa­ter. Ring-necked Para­keets were at Derby STW, Egginton and two at Der­went Mead­ows. Waxwings in­cluded 27 at Bee­ley, 13 at Glos­sop, six at Ilke­ston, 16 at Hasland, two at Lady­bower Reser­voir, one at Whitwell Quarry, 200 at Long­shaw Es­tate, 15 at Wyver Lane and 30 at Belper River Gar­dens. Rod Key GLOUCES­TER­SHIRE COTSWOLDS: A Blue Rock Thrush at Stow-on-the- Wold (from 22nd) will be a first for the county if ac­cepted. Two Waxwings were there late in the month. A Great Grey Shrike was at Hawl­ing (26th-28th). The Cotswold Wa­ter Park held Bit­terns at pit 125 (3rd) and pit 57 (14th). A few Gold­eneyes and Goosanders were present, with 101 Red-crested Pochards at pit 44. Mer­lins were at Hawl­ing and Great Bar­ring­ton (27th). A Hawfinch flew over Pain­swick Bea­con (28th). Golden Plovers in­cluded 1,600 at Ozle­worth, 381 at Birdlip 300 at Hawl­ing, 150 at Chap­mans Cross and 150 at Win­stone. Three Corn Bunt­ings were at Eastleach Downs and four at Hawl­ing. FOR­EST OF DEAN: A Black Red­start was at Val­ley Road, Cin­der­ford (from 21st). Three Waxwings were there (25th) with four there (26th). A Great Grey Shrike re­mained at Crab­tree Hill, with an­other at Sta­ple Edge Wood (29th). A Lesser Spot­ted Wood­pecker was at Nagshead. Four Hawfinches were at Park­end and two at Old Sta­ple-edge Wood. Bram­blings in­cluded 30 at Old Sta­ple-edge Wood and 12 near Soud­ley Ponds. Fif­teen Cross­bills were at Crab­tree Hill. Two Goosanders were at Woor­greens. LOWER SEV­ERN VALE: A Richard’s Pipit, no doubt the bird at Rod­ley ear­lier in the au­tumn, was at Ar­ling­ham (from 16th). At Framp­ton Pools, a re­mark­able 12 Cat­tle Egrets roosted (30th). A Gold­en­eye and a Goshawk were also noted, and there was an un­usu­ally high count of 1,000 Teal. Sharp­ness had three Black Red­starts. Berke­ley Shore had a Wa­ter Pipit, Knot, nine Turn­stones and two Jack Snipe. UP­PER SEV­ERN VALE: The County’s first East­ern Black Red­start was at Tewkesbury Abbey (11th). A Black Red­start was also present (to 15th). At Coombe Hill Mead­ows, a Dusky War­bler (20th-22nd) was only the se­cond record for the county. A Great White Egret was by the River Avon near Tewkesbury (from 11th). A Black Red­start was on Glouces­ter Hos­pi­tal (1st). Waxwings were at Brock­eridge Com­mon (28th) and Prest­bury (30th). Andy Jayne (01452 506 502) and The Gloster Birder (www.the­gloster­ LE­ICES­TER­SHIRE HIGH­LIGHTS: The Glossy Ibis was seen three times at Coss­ing­ton and Water­mead CP. A Great White Egret was at Wil­loughby Water­leys (28th). Small flocks of Waxwings were wide­spread late in the month, in­clud­ing 17 in Lough­bor­ough (31st) and ten in Oadby (29th). Siberian Chif­fchaffs were at the sewage works at Ib­stock (14th-18th) and Wigston (27th-28th). CHARNWOOD: Swith­land Reser­voir had a Pink-footed Goose (29th), 14 Man­darins (5th), 101 Gad­wall (31st) and 53 Shov­el­ers (31st). EYEBROOK RESER­VOIR: There were prob­a­bly two Glau­cous Gulls (2nd and 29th-31st), four Smew, a Scaup (4th), Lit­tle Gull (3rd), Mediter­ranean Gull (30th), Hen Harrier (21st), six Jack Snipe (4th) and 38 Dunlin (9th). NORTH-WEST LE­ICES­TER­SHIRE: A Hen Harrier was at Kel­ham Bridge and Long­moor Lake (4th). Five Whooper Swans were near Sence Val­ley For­est Park (from 17th). A Jack Snipe was at Hicks Lodge (5th-7th). OTHER SITES: Short-eared Owls were at Coss­ing­ton Mead­ows and Bur­ton Flats. A Hen Harrier flew over Wy­mond­ham (7th). A Long-tailed Duck was at Stan­ford Reser­voir (27th) where the Firecrest was seen again (10th). A Merlin was near North Kil­worth (6th). Steve Lis­ter (01509 829 495, ) NORTHAMPTONSHIRE HIGH­LIGHTS: Two Slavo­nian Grebes re­mained at Clif­ford Hill GP (to 3rd). Oth­ers

were at Thrap­ston GP (11th) and Pits­ford Reser­voir (from 19th). A Whooper Swan was at Sy­well CP (from 3rd). A Bearded Tit was at Stan­wick GP (1st-24th). Two Bit­terns were there, with an­other at Thrap­ston GP (27th-30th). Hen Har­ri­ers were at Stan­ford Reser­voir (6th and 14th), and near Kel­marsh (21st). A Siberian Chif­fchaff was at Pits­ford Reser­voir (11th). There were 24 White-fronted Geese near White Mills Ma­rina (19th-31st). A Long-tailed Duck was at Stan­ford Reser­voir (27th). A Waxwing vis­ited Wood­ford Halse (26th), with ten in Roade (from 29th) and oth­ers at Hang­ing Houghton. Great White Egrets in­cluded four at Pits­ford, three at Raven­sthorpe Reser­voir and sin­gles at Ditch­ford and Earls Bar­ton GP. DAVENTRY CP: Four Mediter­ranean Gulls, a Caspian Gull, Yel­low-legged Gull, five Golden Plovers and two Green Sand­pipers were noted. HOLLOWELL RESER­VOIR: There was a Mediter­ranean Gull, two Caspian Gulls, 20 Golden Plovers and six Stonechats. A Scaup and Green Sand­piper were at nearby Raven­sthorpe. PITS­FORD: Two Smew, two Red-crested Pochards, a Scaup, 18 Pin­tails, two Dunlin, 37 Snipe, a Redshank, Green Sand­piper and two Caspian Gulls were noted. STAN­FORD: There was a Scaup, Smew, 40 Goosanders, a Merlin (9th) and 28 Golden Plovers. STAN­WICK: A Turn­stone stayed for four days. There were 200 Golden Plovers, a Redshank and Pere­grine. OTHER SITES: Neville’s Lodge near Fine­don hosted four Short-eared Owls, with an­other at Blue­berry Farm, Maid­well. Cha­combe logged three Caspian Gulls. Four Cross­bills were at Fi­ne­shade Wood. A Merlin flew over Scald­well (27th). A ‘Nordic’ Jack­daw was near Raunds. A Caspian Gull was at Bod­ding­ton Reser­voir. Pere­grines were at Ditch­ford, Earls Bar­ton and White Mills Ma­rina, where a Short-eared Owl was seen. Bob Bul­lock (01604 627 262) NOT­TING­HAMSHIRE HIGH­LIGHTS: A Green-winged Teal was at Lound (11th). A Red-breasted Mer­ganser spent the en­tire month at At­ten­bor­ough. A Great Northern Diver ar­rived at Hover­ing­ham (14th) and was still present at the end of the month. Up to seven Bearded Tits were reg­u­larly noted at Lang­ford, hav­ing bred there ear­lier in the year LOUND: Up to two Great White Egrets were noted through­out, and a Bit­tern was seen once. Whooper Swan num­bers peaked at 33, while a group of 10 White-fronted Geese were reg­u­lar and up to four Pin­tail were seen. Up to five Ruff were noted, as well as a Dunlin and 13 Golden Plover. Mediter­ranean and Caspian Gulls were noted. Short-eared Owls were reg­u­larly seen, peak­ing at four birds, and Hen and Marsh Har­ri­ers were also recorded. A Bram­bling and a Siberian Chif­fchaff were the only passer­ines of note. AT­TEN­BOR­OUGH: Bit­terns were noted early in the month. Up to 58 Goosander were noted around the site and up to four Pin­tail. A Firecrest was seen on sev­eral oc­ca­sions from the 27th. A Stonechat was noted by the sail­ing club. Marsh Tits were noted from around the Delta. LANG­FORD LOWFIELDS: A skein of 500-600 Pink­feet flew over the site, while a group of 16 Whooper Swans were also noted fly­ing over­head. Two Bit­tern were noted through­out. Two Redshank were seen. Up to five Stonechat were recorded from around the site. HOVER­ING­HAM: Sev­eral waders were noted through­out, in­clud­ing Green Sand­piper, Redshank, Jack Snipe and Curlew. Up to seven Pin­tail were noted, as well as two Smew. Six Whooper Swans were seen. Up to eight Pink-footed Geese and five White-fronts were noted through­out the month. The Gull roost pro­vided sev­eral sight­ings of up to three Caspian Gulls, as well as six Yel­low-legged Gulls and a Med Gull. OTHER SIGHT­INGS: Pink-footed Geese were noted through­out, but a big move­ment on the 22nd saw thou­sands pass over the county. A count of 2000 over Ranby was also no­table. Four White-fronts were seen in fields near Bar­ton-in-fabis. Whoop­ers were scat­tered, with small num­bers at Besthorpe, An­nes­ley and Ne­wark. Kilv­ing­ton hosted up to four Scaup, while sin­gles were also at Gir­ton and Stoke Bar­dolph. Holme Pier­re­pont had up to seven Smew, and oth­ers were seen at Gir­ton and Colling­ham. The win­ter­ing Gar­ganey con­tin­ued at Eakring. A Black-necked Grebe was seen at Kilv­ing­ton. Yel­low Legged Gulls and Caspi­ans were at Cotham Tip, and Med Gulls were noted at Kilv­ing­ton and Colling­ham. Wood­cock were recorded at sev­eral sites, as were Jack Snipe, while a de­cent 22 Snipe were noted at Hod­sock. Dunlin were at Kilv­ing­ton, Holme Pier­re­pont and Idle Wash­lands, while Holme Pier­re­pont also hosted a win­ter­ing Com­mon Sand­piper and sev­eral Redshank. Eigh­teen Redshank were also noted at Idle Wash­lands, where a Black-tailed Godwit was also seen. Ravens were noted from a num­ber of lo­ca­tions through­out. A Red Kite was at Serlby. Gring­ley Carr hosted Hen and Marsh Har­ri­ers, as well as up to three Short-eared Owls. These were also seen at Huck­nall, Scrooby and Gedling Coun­try Park. A Siberian Chif­fchaff was noted at Holme Pier­re­pont on sev­eral oc­ca­sions, as well as a Black Red­start. Stonechats were noted from Gedling, Wol­la­ton Park and Bar­ton-in-fabis. A Wa­ter Pipit was seen at An­nes­ley. Only small num­bers of Waxwings reached Notts, with seven at Clifton, eight at Wel­beck, and sin­gles in Calver­ton and Kirkling­ton. Four Hawfinches were noted at Clum­ber and up to five at Ruf­ford. An ex­cel­lent 500-plus Bram­blings were seen at Budby. Gring­ley Carr hosted up to 13 Corn Bunt­ings. Tom Shields OX­FORD­SHIRE OTMOOR RSPB: A prob­a­ble Brent Goose was seen over the re­serve (8th), and six Egyp­tian Geese (14th) rep­re­sented the first of this species since 2013. An un­sea­sonal Shel­duck spent a cou­ple of days on the re­serve (15th-16th). The two ring­tail Hen Har­ri­ers and the fam­ily party of four White-fronted Geese con­tin­ued their stays while other over­win­ter­ing birds in­cluded at least two Short-eared Owls and up to four Pin­tail. Sixty-plus Barnacle Geese of un­known ori­gin spent the day (31st). Merlin re­ports were spo­radic but they seem to be us­ing the re­serve fre­quently and the three Marsh Har­ri­ers con­tin­ued through­out. Other reg­u­lars in­cluded Wood­cock, King­fisher, Stonechat, Bit­tern, Pere­grine and Snipe. Fer­gus Mosey RUT­LAND HIGH­LIGHTS: Rut­land Wa­ter held the County’s first Surf Scoter (from 27th), a Green-winged Teal (from 17th) and five Great White Egrets (18th). RUT­LAND WA­TER: Max­ima were 3,629 Wi­geon, 1,037 Teal, 192 Pin­tails, 1,958 Tufted Ducks, 246 Gold­eneyes, six Smew, a Long-tailed Duck, Ruddy Duck, Great Northern Diver and seven Red-crested Pochards. A Red-necked, two Slavo­nian and three Black-necked Grebes were logged. Two Bit­terns were seen (5th) and a Com­mon Scoter from (14th). A Pere­grine was reg­u­lar. Waders in­cluded 5,470 Lap­wings, two Knot, a Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sand­piper, 68 Dunlin and 16 Red­shanks. A Yel­low-legged Gull, four Stonechats, two Chif­fchaffs and 70 Siskins wee noted. OTHER SITES: Two Man­darins were in Ex­ton Park (11th). There were 192 Wi­geon and 82 Gad­wall at Fort Henry/ex­ton Park (15th). Wa­ter Rails were at Fort Henry and Leigh­field Fish­ponds. Eight Wood­cocks were in West­land Wood (9th) with sin­gles at six other sites. There were 120 Golden Plovers at Leigh­field (7th) and 87 at Pick­worth (27th). Ravens were at five sites. A Wil­low Tit was near Ridling­ton (27th). Chif­fchaffs were at Leigh­field (1st and 7th). Terry Mitcham SHROP­SHIRE HIGH­LIGHTS: The Green-winged Teal re­mained at Venus Pool (to 10th). A Ring-billed Gull roosted at Chel­marsh (3rd), with the six tun­dra Bean Geese re­main­ing there (to 9th). The Vel­vet Scoter re­mained at Trench Pool (to 7th). MERES AND MOSSES: The Long-tailed Duck at The Mere, Ellesmere was joined by a se­cond (4th-31st), with the birds also vis­it­ing Cole Mere (3rd) and White Mere (11th). A Scaup was at White Mere (2nd), with three present (3rd), and an­other at The Mere (26th). A Great Grey Shrike and Hen Harrier were at Whix­all Moss (5th). OTHER SITES: A Long-tailed Duck at Trench Pool (14th) was prob­a­bly the same as one that ap­peared at Chetwynd Park (18th-31st). A Black Red­start was at Tit­ter­stone Clee Hill (26th). Waxwings ap­peared at Oswestry (42 on 29th), Gobowen (20 on 31st) and sev­eral flocks around Shrews­bury (30th-31st). A Black-tailed Godwit was at Wood Lane (24th) and a Green Sand­piper at Build­was (28th). A Jack Snipe was at Ben­thall fish­ing pools (14th). Richard Moores and Mar­tyn Owen

Blyth’s Pipit , Blag­don Lake, Som­er­set, 24 De­cem­ber

Rose-coloured Star­ling, Broad­field, Craw­ley, West Sus­sex, 11 De­cem­ber

Spoon­bill, East Bank, Cley, Nor­folk, 15 De­cem­ber Waxwings, New Costessey, Nor­folk, 12 De­cem­ber

Blue Rock Thrush, Stow-on-the-wold, Glouces­ter­shire, 26 Novem­ber Green-winged Teal, Venus Pool, Shrop­shire, 26 Novem­ber

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