17th February

The downside of the arrival of milder air was thrown into sharp focus today as successive deluges of heavy rain were blown through on a brisk southwesterly - and don't even mention the return of the mud... Incentives for fieldwork were few and the day's only reports were of the Rosy Starling still at Easton, 2 Great Northern Divers at Ferrybridge and a Redpoll at the Bill.

The Great Northern Divers were finding plenty of reasons to continue their long residence in the Ferrybridge area © Pete Saunders: