Marsh Harrier, Common Buzzard, Peregrine, 2 Merlin, Barn Owl, 4 Little Egret, Goosander (need to check my records as this could be a patch tick), 2 Woodcock, 3 Common Snipe, Brambling, 60 Snow & 2 Lapland Buntings was the patch list for the day.
A visit to Rimac, which has in the past been good to me for Hen Harriers, didnt disappoint on that score with 2 ringtails seen. 11 Whooper Swan went through. Barn Owl and Woodcock also noted.
Still large numbers of thrushes on the coast today.
One of the highlights on the coast over the past 3 days has been the mass influx of thrushes from Scandinavia - a fantastic spectacle. I witnessed all five winter thrush species visit one single hawthorn bush - 3 of those species are shown above (Fieldfare, Redwing & Mistle Thrush)
I just wanted to highlight that while thousands visit Donna Nook to marvel at the cuteness of the pups, on birth the pups themselves are immediately faced with a battle where there's a thin line between life and death. Quite a few dead pups scattered on the beach today but on a brighter note plenty alive and kicking...