A dull overcast morning with drizzle so did not get to the pond till early afternoon mainly to check for tomorrows walk I am leading on behalf of Severn Trent.
Red-necked Grebe was in toft bay and the 2 Great-northern Diver and male Smew were off draycote bank but failed to find the Brambling that was reported. In the fields near the entrance 3 Grey Partridge and immature Stonechat were seen from the country park and there were plenty of Redwing and Fieldfare in the same area. Stayed for the roost but struggled with the light off farborough spit and once I had seen the first winter Glaucous and Iceland Gull I gave up. Also seen were 12 Gadwall, 10 Goosander, 23 Goldeneye, Buzzard, Green Woodpecker and 10 Meadow Pipit. Female Merlin was reported near Woolscott today.