A strong south-westerly gale with intermittent showers and sun.
The strong wind stirred things up a bit today, particularly the gulls. The drake Smew is back on the Top Res and a single Common Crossbill was seen in Haw Park. For the evening gull roost the gulls were back on the Top Res which gives some protection from the wind. Tonights counts were (yesterdays for comparison in brackets) Great Black-backed Gull 518 (62), Lesser Black-backed Gull 3 (2), Herring Gull 1470 (182). What a difference a strong wind makes!