Was out early with Steve Holiday and D McKeown on thursday. We started at Cresswell where the highlights were 2 Scaup near the causeway and 59 Whooper Swan.
Hempscott hill links, Twite and a Buzzard being mobbed by a Carrion Crow.
Linton roundabout had 5 White Fronted Geese- Lifer fly over towards Linton Lane, where we caught up with them on the larger pond.
Newbiggin had 4 Med Gulls on the beach. At West Hartford we flushed 3 snipe and a moorhen in the area where we heard the Water Rail a few weeks ago.
A Cormorant flying over and a Goldcrest calling at the entrance where good additions to my patch list.
At Arcot pond 2 Goldeneye - patch tick, flew around the pond and a Woodcock was flushed.
Next at Dinnington our first owl of the year was a Little Owl sitting on a fence post.
Not a bad start to the year with 74 species in total.