19th February

Blustery, dreary, damp and just plain unpleasant - today's conditions were perfect for knuckling down to indoor jobs. Fortunately, a few more motivated observers did make it outdoors, with the Rosy Starling at Easton and 9 Purple Sandpipers and a Merlin at the Bill to show for their efforts.

After a few weeks of being really elusive earlier in the winter the Purple Sandpipers at the Bill seem to have become a good deal more see-able in the last month © Pete Saunders: