7th December

Even the weak sun that eventually and always fitfully managed to poke through the otherwise all-enveloping veil of murky low cloud couldn't budge the mercury as far as the 4°C mark today and, judging by their eager attendance at feeders and other provisions on offer, the birds were feeling the chill as much as their watchers. Three Siskins overhead at the Bill in conditions seemingly wholly unsuitable for passage provided a glimmer of hope that there are still a few late migrants on the move, whilst offshore a fly-by Pochard was a bonus addition to the island year-list. The Rosy Starling continued to provide some rarity interest at Easton, at least 2 of the Redpolls and the Merlin remained at the Bill, 3 Red-throated Divers passed by off the Bill and the customary selection of wintering divers, grebes, Black Redstarts and the like remained in situ.

Another item being offered for sale by an Obs member: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm F/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens used on just one holiday; complete with carry case, carrying strap and all packaging. Cost new on Amazon £1,895, selling at half price for £950 or very near offer. Contact Vaughan on email birdfinders @hotmail.com or telephone 01258-839066 or 07768-691997