Tuesday January 17th
Staffs: A female Scaup on The Pigs (Bob Duckhouse).
The 'Siberian' Chiffchaff behind the Wincanton buiding was showing very well and calling today. As observed by John Harris, it appears to be an unringed bird, which strongly resembles the bird featured by Alan Dean in photos on the Blog of January 4th and 9th. This confirms that we now have three birds with the ringed, 'classic', tristis, now residing at the outfall, as blogged on January 15th. Now we have much milder conditions only four Common Chiffchaff were observed between the outflow and Ladywalk double-gates (John Harris). Just the odd Goosander here and there on the river again today.
There is a report of the 'Siberian' Chiffchaff near Hide A again on Birdguides , this evening.
Staffs: A first -winter Mediterranean Gull was on Jubilee Wetlands with a Great Black-backed and 69 Lesser Black-backed Gulls this afternoon (Katie Thorpe). Also, six Shelducks, five Pintail (briefly), two Stonechats (Karl Sargent). 80 Golden Plover and a Common Chiffchaff were also in the area (John Harris).
At Dosthill NR, the Scaup has re-appeared (Geoff Williams).