I saw all the requests yesterday to feed the birds, but left it until this morning to put any out. As no birds came all morning I was worried that I had been responsible for the overnight extinction of all birdlife, but happily a trip to Barnes WWT was reassuring.
The lakes were almost entirely frozen over and we saw Water Rail and Snipe skittling about on the ice. Apparently we had just missed a 'Fox v Bittern Duel on Ice', and also a Jack Snipe.
Year list entries for Coot, Moorhen, Wigeon (pictured), Gadwall, Tufted Duck, Lapwing, Greylag Goose, Canada Geese, Crow, Blackbird, Starling, Great Tit, Magpie, Goldfinch, Blue Tit. Regrettably it seems Ring Necked Parakeets have survived the weather (Leo tells me actually they survive -10 in Ladakh).
Redwing flying over. Nice views of Lesser Redpoll (pictured). Leo saw Cetti's Warbler.
Woodcock fossicking about by the feeder.