11th February 2024

Heavy overnight rain continued through the first hours of daylight before dryer, brighter conditions arrived in the afternoon; temperatures reached eight degrees C in relatively light winds. An increase in Gannets was apparent during the morning seawatch, with 477 birds recorded passing the Seawatch Observatory, while four Great Crested Grebes flew south. Thornwick Lakes hosted two Mute Swans, the long-staying Little Grebe and eight Tufted Ducks. Nearby, the Pools held another two Mute Swans and 60 Teal. The two Shore Larks were still on cliff top fields near Thornwick, with 67 Snow Buntings also present. Additional sightings included a Pink-footed Goose, four Golden Plovers and a Woodcock.

Rock Pipit, outer head, by Craig Thomas