Turn of the Year at Gib

January 4th. Offshore were a Slavonian Grebe and 8 Little Gull. Around were 40 Pink-footed Goose, 150 Fieldfare and a ringtail Hen Harrier.

January 3rd. Birds around included 8 Corn Bunting and 400 Lapwing.

January 2nd. Around were a Siskin and 18 Stock Dove.

January 1st. Birds around included a Marsh Harrier, 400 Pink-footed Goose, 60 Shoveler, a Siskin, 5 Song Thrush and 2 Corn Bunting. The 2 wintering Avocet remained on Tennyson’s Sands.

December 31st. Around were 2 Hen Harrier, a Peregrine, 2 Merlin, a Woodcock, 150 Fieldfare and a Stonechat.

December 30th. Birds around included 500 Pink-footed Goose and 5 Corn Bunting.

December 29th. Around were a Water Pipit, a Stonechat, 30 Corn Bunting, 500 Pink-footed Goose, 670 Lapwing, 220 Sanderling and 319 Cormorant.

December 28th. Birds around, including those trapped, were 2 Buzzard, 40 Fieldfare, a Blackcap and 9 Long-tailed Tit.

A morning ringing session at Aylmer Avenue, with Mike Polling, resulted in 13 new birds: 6 Long-tailed Tit, a Blackcap, a Robin, a Goldfinch, a Great Tit, a Greenfinch and 2 Blackbird; 7 retraps: singles of Blue Tit, Wren, Blackbird, Dunnock, Great Tit, Goldfinch and Great Spotted Woodpecker; and 3 control Long-tailed Tit.