The plan today was to spend an hour in the hide then have a good walk around hoping to get the new year list off to a solid start but the weather had other ideas and it wasn't until late morning that the rain relented by which time I'd seen everything the hide had to offer.
I didn't need to head over to Low Hardwick as the Short-eared Owl's today were happily hunting the south-east corner of Castle Lake, three together at one stage.
The set-aside between Island Farm and Alan's Pool is still home to a 600 strong mixed flock including 400 Goldfinch, various numbers of Greenfinch, Tree Sparrow, Reed Bunting, Yellowhammer, 19 Corn Bunting and at least 1 (!) Linnet.
A few pictures from today;