23rd December

It didn't take long for the wind increase again and rashes of nasty showers to set in. Two Great Skuas were an almost expected result off the Bill, with 6 Red-throated Divers also through and the 2 Eider still settled offshore; a white-winged gull that passed by during one spell of particularly unhelpful conditions sadly couldn't be clinched. The first Fieldfare for a while dropped in at Barleycrates Lane, whilst other snippets from the day included a Chiffchaff still at Southwell, a Great Northern Diver off Billy Winters and 2 Shelducks and the regular family of Pale-bellied Brent Geese still at Ferrybridge.

The Ferrybridge Pale-bellied Brents © Debby Saunders: