They get equal billing because the Bristol Ornithological Club has had but one sighting of stonechats this month – the one I made, probably of the same individual, a female hunting close to the housing estate. The merlin would have been out there on its own but it weighs in with six December 2010 BOC records (although likely all the same bird).
The weather must be bringing common gulls in because I added one to my Wharf list, which now stands at 94. The Port Marine patch gained a couple more ticks with the male goosander and the wigeon who had taken shelter on the patch side of the pill. This makes December far and away the best month locally; because conditions have driven birds in?
Anyhow, I had taken the detour that skirts the Wharf back from town because my iPod picked up a tweet in Costa. The tweet twittered that the hen harrier was still around. Had I seen it, my headline would have said: over a year since the last one, in Norfolk, and our most persecuted bird – much safer down south than up north. Why doesn’t it try to breed down here? We’d look after it.