11th February

The raging gale of the day before yesterday returned with a vengeance and severely hindered today's efforts. A Woodcock at Wakeham was the best of the cold weather refugees that otherwise didn't extend beyond 6 Lapwings and 3 Redwings at the Bill and a big increase in Dunlin at Ferrybridge - 385 being by far the highest count there this winter. The Stock Dove tally at Sweethill increased to 38 with a Blackcap also still in residence there, the Rosy Starling was again at Easton and the Black Brant showed up at Ferrybridge for a second successive day.