Here in Cuba there seems to be a mint crisis, so no Mojitos for us. There’s no shortage of beer and rum, though. The birds are pretty good as well: here’s a couple.
Or possibly the west. We went to Weymouth today to twitch a Ross’s gull, a rare vagrant Arctic gull that breeds in northern Siberia, Greenland and a few bits in the far north of Canada. The expectation was for a long vigil as the bird is mobile and, while it has some more regular haunts, it is unpredictable. The reality was much better, a wait of less than an hour before it came and showed superbly. What a superb bird: tiny and exquisitely dainty.
This week brought snow to Britain and Worthing was no exception. In our back garden we had a drift up to half an inch deep. Something of a let down, considering everywhere else seems to have had a proper fall, but it has been just as cold here as in the rest of the country, and that brings birds to us.
There was a significant westward movement of Lapwing on Wednesday and some of them stayed: we had a flock of 44 today, along with a Golden Plover, which is only the second time we’ve had one at home. A few Snipe and a brief views of an uncooperative Barn Owl brightened up a dull Friday afternoon, but our biggest surprise came on Saturday night when our efforts at spotlighting failed to find any waders, but found a couple of Badgers in the field behind us.
Apologies for the quality of the photos: it has been very dark.