Went for a cold walk round Skipwith Common this morning with Tophill and Whitburns finest Rich and Ade (with Jenny, Caroline and Lisa enjoying a birding trip in the freezing weather).
It was amazingly dry, the driest I've seen the place and the majority of the walk was silent of bird calls - last weeks Wigeon were not in evidence at all until a couple of small flocks flew in as we were leaving.
Most bird activity seemed to centre on a mixed tit flock that was roving around the reserve with blue, great, coal and long-tailed tit making up the majority of the flock with the odd goldcrest and treecreeper in with them. There was a few Chaffinch, Goldfinch and a single Meadow Pipit flying around and a couple of Great Spotted Woodpecker gave tantilising views as they moved through the trees. At least one Kestrel was hunting the site.
Rich let me take some pictures with his camera which i'll stick up when I get them...