A quiet day, even the wind calmed down. I had a leisurely stroll around some of the Alvecote pools but no sign of any Egrets of any size. The regular pair of Stonechat showed well, as they say, and a pale Common Buzzard drifted over. A couple of Shelduck flew over but that was about it.
Later I did one of my regular walks from Woodford Lane river bridge to Witherley/ Mancetter and back. The first wintering Chiffchaff I'd seen was near the bridge and further along the river Anker, Kingfisher, Grey wagtail and a small group of Siskin were found. 30 or so Fieldfare with one or two Redwings were in the adjacent Hawthorns. On the return journey more Redwings were in the stubble with some 25 Yellowhammers and a few Linnets. There was no sign of any Tree Sparrows, however,which can usually be found in small numbers somewhere along the route.
Female Stonechat, Mill pool, Alvecote