Well as December draws to its close and 2015 prepares to pass into history the birding has quietened down a lot. However on the 3rd of December we paid a visit up north in the county to see the 8 Shags which had been blown in on one of the winter storms crossing the country. The birds were frequenting the middle reservoir at the Linacre complex. We eventually saw all 8 with one bird showing well below the dam.
This area was new to me and was quite a little gem with plenty of woodland birds and a couple of Goosander adding to the show.
In the garden a single Brambling is still around on rare occasions and a male Blaclcap arrived just before Christmas. Feeding on the Mahonia flower nectar as have most of the previous winter Blackcap here.
He was joined on one day by a female! Today saw just the male again though.
The daffodils are well up and birds are singing with House Sparrows courting in the 3rd week of December. Its warm wet and windy as 2015 closes.