Happy New Year

It’s been a while, but the birding and more importantly the light have been excellent for a few days. I had to make a couple of trips south so managed to combine that with a little bit of photography. These delightful goldfinches;
 
  
 
I was actually looking for some Penduline Tits at the time, but with little success. I did manage to make the short trip to Southend to get a quick peek at the wintering Ring Billed Gull. I was also ‘impressed’ to see that ‘Rossi’ managed to swallow an entire crust in one go!
 
  
 
I met up with David Campbell aka Devil Birder to look for some Firecrests that are wintering in Surrey. A superb male bird showed almost immediately and my hopes were high, but several further visits did not yield the hoped for performance form these colourful sprites.
 
 
 
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