1st - Heavy rain overnight with 14.5 mm’s recorded.
2nd - A Redwing seen in the garden today.
3rd - A pair of Redwing’s seen today.
5th, North Cave Wetlands - Another interesting afternoon visit, with some good sightings. Wildfowl again very well represented with thirteen species, with five types of geese, including twelve Pink feet, ten Barnacle’s, and the lone Bar head (plus of course the Greylags, & Canada’s). Wigeon numbers have increased to about five. A flock of Snipe, about twenty five strong, seen regularly flying around the reserve, and two Green Woodpeckers were seen well along the northern edge of the reserve. Winter thrushes in the north west hedges, and lots of Red legged Partridges were seen in the potato fields to the west. Passerines active in the hedges throughout the reserve, including quite a few Goldcrests. An excellent afternoon with forty eight species in total.
7th - At least four Redwing’s seen in the garden today, and Fieldfare’s seen and heard passing overhead.
9th, Millingtondale - A good walk with Jenny and Dad on this long circular walk in the heart of the Wolds. Towards the top of Millingtondale three to five Stonechats were seen in some scrubby hawthorns, and along the walk winter thrushes were seen, as were up to a dozen Bullfinches.
12th, North Cave Wetlands - Much quieter today, though we were a little earlier than lately, and there were quite a few people about too. A Pink footed Goose was seen amongst the other geese, as were a few Barnacles, and a lone Bar head. Lots of gulls in the Main Lagoon, mainly Black head’s, but also quite a few Mews (Common’s), and one or two Herring’s and Black back’s. Redshank numbers up to twenty plus.
20th - A young fox was seen along Long Lane this morning.
North Cave Wetlands - Quiet again this afternoon, though an immature male Goldeneye was spotted, as was a male Goosander, two fine species which I would always welcome. More Shovelers about and now looking quite striking in the low winter light. No Wigeon, and more notably no geese seen today.
21st - Two male Blackcap’s seen in the garden during the afternoon.
22nd - A single male Blackcap seen in the garden today, an unusual observation considering the lateness of the year and the snow showers today. Probably a group moving south. A frost overnight with a covering of snow.
23rd - A spell of snow this morning with 3 cm’s by 9 am. Melted by midnight as milder air moved in.
Millingtondale - A snowy walk around the tops of the dale, with Fieldfares in great evidence amongst the hedges and woods. A Treecreeper also seen, along with a Goldcrest. A good number of Red legged Partridges also heard out in the fields. A fine walk and nice to have a snowy walk again for the first time since at least March.
24th - A late hedgehog seen today.
26th - There was the welcome sight of lots of Goldfinches on my feeders today, a sight which has become less common lately, though there are good numbers of them around the area as I frequently hear them whenever I’m out and about.
28th - A decent frost overnight with a low of -3 C.