Saturday 1st December 2018

A good day in The Brecks despite grotty conditions at times which made birding challenging, but despite this we found some great birds.

Our morning session produced several BRAMBLING plus EUROPEAN NUTHATCH, EURASIAN SISKIN, MARSH TITS, COAL TITS and good numbers of REDWING including a singing male giving full song!

During the afternoon the weather hadn’t improved, but we didn’t let it beat us and persevered by finding a pair of COMMON CROSSBILLS in a Larch tree. We had prolonged views of these and a short while later found a flock of around nine HAWFINCH in flight, of which luckily three landed giving good scope views. Further along the track we encountered a EURASIAN BULLFINCH and then a stunning female HAWFINCH landed on top of a pine close by and we had great views for around 15 minutes.

EURASIAN SISKINS flew overhead and MISTLE THRUSH, REDWING and FIELDFARE were noted. Ann once again did us proud with gingerbread cake which we consumed in the hide overlooking the pits. It was rather quiet but good numbers of TUFTED DUCKS and a male COMMON GOLDENEYE rounded off a superb day!