After a leisurely start,well we did lose an hour last night,didn’t we?,I drove over for a bash at Gib.point,where it was overcast and very cool.It wasn’t exactly birding heaven but I had some very nice moments.

Almost straight away I had a SHORT EARED OWL,then another.I must have seen more of these this winter than any other previous year.Lone bird seen on and off all morning on the old and new saltmarsh.Hardly anything else out of the ordinary until early afternoon,when a female MARSH HARRIER came over croft marsh,upsetting gulls and AVOCETS.A muntjac deer rooted around in sme reeds.

A flock of around 15 CROSSBILLS flew noisely overhead briefly,4 of ’em stayed in the north car park pines,showing absolutely brilliantly,they were settled for ages allowing me to get some shots.