After defrosting the car this morning at 5.45am I eventually drove over to Reculver where it was literally freezing. I had a listen for some Owls calling but drew a blank but as I pulled up at the Chambers Wall gate 1 Barn Owl was seen in the headlights as it hunted alongside the main track. I parked up in the car park and listened to the day waking up. There was a considerable amount of Blackbirds calling and flying around and as I stood by the car having a cup of coffee a few large groups of Cormorant totalling 279 flew over from the Stour Valley. 1 Grey Partridge was calling and 1 Sparrowhawk zipped through. As soon as it was light enough I began my walk down to the railway line where I saw the Barn Owl again hunting. It seemed that each bush had Blackbird,Fieldfare and Redwing falling out of them and 3 Goldcrest were noted. I walked along the embankment checking all the berry bushes for a Waxwing before walking down to Coldharbour where I sat down and looked out to sea for a while before returning and checking the bushes once more. Birds noted in mostly sunny but cold conditions were 2 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Grey Wagtail, c100 Redwing, 1 Marsh Harrier, 2 Water Rail, 2 Little Grebe, c80 Lapwing, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 8 Siskin 7 Pied Wagtail and 2 Bearded Tit were seen near Coldharbour allowing the camera to be released into some action. They never showed that well but I managed to capture a few shots.
Other birds noted were 4 Reed Bunting, 2 Kestrel, 1 Little Egret, 18 Dunlin, 31 Oystercatcher, 20 Grey Plover, 3 Ringed Plover, 1 Bar tailed Godwit, 7 Turnstone, 1 Red throated Diver, c400 Brent Geese including 1 Pale bellied Brent Goose. There were 2 Shelduck and as I approached the embankment again I could see 1 Waxwing sitting on top of a bush with some Fieldfare. Unfortunately as the Fieldfare took off so did the Waxwing and I watched it fly east calling and out of sight. Maybe that photo opportunity will happen tomorrow! The only other birds of note were 2 Golden Plover and 1 Grey Heron. Not a bad start to the month with a good range of species seen. Hopefully tomorrow will deliver some more goodies.