8th February

A really raw day with the temperature not getting above zero until nearly midday and never even reaching a full degree higher than that. From the cold-weather movement point of view snow cover remained very distant so the likes of plovers and thrushes didn't feature at all and the tally of 7 Wigeon, 4 Shelducks, a Brent Goose and a Dunlin through off the Bill - along with routine fare including 4 Red-throated Divers - can hardly be regarded as a rich reward from the sea. The day's other reports included the Rosy Starling at Easton, a Black Redstart at Weston and 2 Knot and a Bar-tailed Godwit at Ferrybridge.

Bar-tailed Godwit and Knots at Ferrybridge this morning - perhaps most likely making one of their occasional visits from further up the Fleet rather than being entirely new © Pete Saunders: