Saturday 20th December 2014

Our last day trip of the year got off to a good start with a stunning GREAT GREY SHRIKE that gave good views at Santon Downham as it hunted small mammals from its lofty perch. NUTHATCHES were very numerous and a few MARSH TITS showed well.

We moved to a nearby site that held up to 50 BRAMBLING some of which were in smart plumage.

Our next destination was Lynford Arboretum which was rather breezy but quiet apart from over 200 SISKIN and some rather confiding MARSH TITS.

We then headed across the Fens to the Ouse Washes RSPB reserve which produced around 400 WHOOPER SWANS in nearby fields. MARSH HARRIER and COMMON BUZZARD were seen plus a hunting BARN OWL. The flooded fields produced good numbers of the common wildfowl whilst the fields and hedgerows held STONECHAT, REED BUNTINGS and STOCK DOVES.

During our journey home we saw 5 BARN OWLS including 3 hunting together in the evening light.