More effort was invested in the field on the 12th, however, a calm period in the otherwise windy weather allowed nets to be opened at Holland gardens with the attempt of trapping a couple migrants leaving their roost. Unfortunately the nets remained empty despite seeing 2 Woodcock, 7 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing and 5 Blackbirds around the gardens. A Waxwing also flew over the obs later that day.
We went a little further afield on the 12th. Birds seen included 5 Red-throated Divers, Great Northern Diver, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers. With impeding bad weather gulls often come ashore to shelter from strong wind and rain. Given that 15 Common Gulls, 30 Herring Gulls and 60 Great Black-backed Gulls had arrived on the Links it was clear that tough weather conditions were setting in heralding the arrival of winter. A little more winter spirit came in the form of 5 Snow Buntings. Waterfowl numbers remain consistent with 71 Wigeon, 12 Teal, 2 Pintail, 4 Shoveler, 12 Long-tailed Duck and the lingering Green-winged Teal. Waders on offer included 85 Sanderling, 2 Grey Plover, 3 Purple Sandpipers, 25 Dunlin, 12 Bar-tailed Godwit. A few lingering winter migrants around Holland and the obs added 10 Blackbirds, 17 Fieldfare, 18 Redwing and a Long-eared Owl to the totals. In all, a satisfying end to the day.