Thank god for clear nights and Astronomy to save the weekend as birding was frustrating with everything either giving poor or very brief views leaving one thinking why the bloody hell do I bother.
Early Saturday morning was spent on Lawford Heath studying the constellation Orion managing Tawny and Barn Owl while the juvenile Glaucous Gull arrived just after daybreak then promptly disappeared.
Sunday with Dave found us down the valley enjoying the planets Mars and Saturn either side of a bright moon and freezing temperatures which probably meant good hunting conditions for Short-eared Owls and they roosted earlier than usual. Also on the downside we failed to see any Barn Owls for the first time in ages but in the valley we did find 6 Tree Sparrow and 56 Yellowhammer but failed to see the Peregrine at Broadwell resting on a tree stump until it was too late and we drove to close.
Napton Reservoir had an impressive 45 Wigeon, 10 Gadwall and 10 Pochard while Brandon Marsh was again quiet with Lesser Redpoll, Shelduck, Snipe and Cetties Warbler.