|Some ice had formed on the west side|
The previous day, 18th, had seen my first patch visit for almost 2 weeks, hence the lack of updates. I had been looking after ailing children and was also ill myself. During that time I had missed a male Goosander and at least three visits of Goldeneye, both single males and a female. Both of these species are tricky and don't tend to stick, so I'm falling behind the patch list quite early on.
I managed three year ticks yesterday: Sparrowhawk, Snipe and House Sparrow, so nothing too exciting. The most fruitful area were the fields at Emmett's farm. I had a nice flock of 300 Golden Plover roosting on a ploughed field, with the same field holding a roosting flock of at least 30 Snipe (this is obviously where they have been rather than on the spit by the lake). Still no Yellowhammers or surprisingly any Partridges, but it was nice to watch a flock of 60 Linnets bouncing around and feeding on setaside. The/a single Chiffchaff was still in the hedge near the buildings.
I watched the Golden Plover for a while until they suddenly got up and wheeled around. They then split into smaller groups and flew off in all directions - I would have thought safety in numbers would have kept them together, but apparently not. A record shot of some of the roosting group and a small video of the flock flying over are below: