Following a few days of being confined to the house as a result of a nasty 'bug' which seems to be doing the rounds I ventured out and walked to the hide. Besides the usual Goldeneye,Wigeon, Shelduck and waders I was treated to 5 Avocets.....4 were sleeping but one was preening and it was really good to be able to enjoy them from the relative warmth of the hide. There is still a keen wind albeit a southerly and the temperature is only just nudging 5c.
Back in the bungalow I have been watching an almost total albino Oystercatcher (well about 90% )...there has been one about most winters for the past 15/20years and whether it is the same one it is difficult to know. This one seems somewhat more white than previous ones I've seen but who knows?
During the past few days a couple of Razorbills and a single Guillemot have been residing off shore and Great Crested Grebes have been accompanied by Slavonian Grebes.
I shall be pleased when the weather improves...I'm getting a bit fed up with this continual ' grey'!