10:45 - 12:15 (ish).
A very, very wet circuit of Ogden Water this morning, before calling for a coffee in the visitors centre where the windows had sprung a leak.
A Herring Gull and 1 Common Gull, distant, when I arrived soon left to leave the water bereft.
Not much about on the circuit , a good few Coal Tits were examined for any specials, with no joy.
Blackbirds in good numbers also.
4 Small Gulls, distant, arrived as I left and I got a major excitement going on, when one of the Gulls resembled a Med Gull.
After grapevining my 'find' further examination of the photo, on the camera, revealed black in the primary wing tip feathers, so Black Headed Gull was on the menu not the Med Gull - my apologies for the mistake.
Probably have to wait till the Lesser Black-backed Gulls start to arrive to have a decent chance of picking up a Med Gull?
Ringby Lane/Top Swalesmoor.
A second birding outing this afternoon and a second drenching.
Gale force winds on the top with bands of heavy sleet showers passing through.
Very wet for the most part with some brightness arriving as I was leaving.
The usual, huge, contingent of Corvids but I saw no Raven today, which was disappointing.
4 Pied Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit but no Gulls on the top.
c10 Common Gulls opposite the Ski Slope.
A small (Stock Dove) sized raptor, very fast with the wind, tried and failed to catch a Meadow Pipit.
I actually got a photo - but it's a blurrrrrr.
Possibly a Peregrine Falcon looking at the silhouette.
c10 House Sparrow at the bottom of the track.
A short detour along Hag Lane brought with it lots of Great and Blue Tits and a pr. Bullfinch.
C35 Lapwing at the Raggalds as I passed on the way home.
Another 'no tick' outing.
Ringby Top / Lane:
No sure what I have here!!
Probably the small Raptor - Peregrine.