27th February

Cold it might be - at the Obs it was -2˚C at dawn and again by mid-evening - but there's been precious little snow anywhere nearby and the birds haven't thus far responded in any quantity. A small arrival at the Bill included 28 Golden Plovers, 3 Lapwings and a Jack Snipe, but the likes of Common Snipe and all of the thrushes were conspicuous absentees. The only other reports were of 3 Short-eared Owls and a Firecrest at the Bill, another Firecrest at Southwell and 22 Dark-bellied Brent Geese and a Pale-bellied Brent over Ferrybridge.

Lapwing and Jack Snipe at the Bill this morning © Martin Cade: