A pretty filthy day with rain and mist until mid-afternoon. Then, golden sun and the lengthening day served to suggest we might yet escape this debilitating weather.
Birds are still visiting the garden and feeding voraciously at the feeders. It's good to see numbers of Reed Buntings amongst them. A journey northwards up the Rinns saw the large Barnacle Goose flock still coming over to the west coast and even exploring new fields. Farther on good numbers of Greenland White-fronted Geese and Grey lag Geese were feeding where ,until recently, a single Whooper Swan had been present.
Mid-afternoon a sole Grey Heron flew south, very high and down the whole length of the valley, until lost to sight, presumably on its way to Ireland which, in the improved conditions, was plainly visible.