With the frost away, a lot of birds are on the go again, just do not ask me as to where they were, as I cannot answer you!
The ducks have returned to the floods out directly in front of the hide at Gruinart, and James managed to do a count. There were 427 Teal, 98 Wigeon, 7 Shoveler, 69 Pintail, 1 Gadwall and 36 Mallard. The number of Pintail are up while the Shoveler tally is down. The other day he had seen a Merlin.
Earlier on in the week, George had counted 6 Moorhen up on the water behind Port Charlotte, this pool of water in its' day served the distillery that used in the village.
This morning, in one of the ditches on the flats at Gruinart, we had the Little Egret along with a Heron. There were also 83 Fieldfare and a few Starling in a field along at Sunderland Farm. Catherine commented on seeing more Lapwing around the last few days, not just on the ground, but also on the wing.
Another change with the milder weather is that the shooting ban has been lifted!