What a crappy day!! Constant sleet and wet snow put pay to any birding but it did allow me to sit in front of the window for most of the day watching the feeders. Temperatures barely got above freezing and forced loads of birds in. The highlights were a peak of 37 goldfinch, 21 chaffinch, 2 male siskin and a male lesser redpoll. Magpie and 5 long tailed tits at the end of the day added some more variety. Hopefully I should have my ringing C permit soon which will allow to to catch some these things.
Did manage to get in to the reserve for the harrier roost this evening and it was worth it. At least 14 marsh (1 male) and 2 ringtail hen harriers roosted in the tidal reedbed viewed from Gypsy Lane. It is probably the best winter since I have been here for a consistantly reliable roost.