Finally left the confines of the patio & garden this morning, and managed a good two hours hoofing round Galley. It was a cracking morning, with no wind and some nice light - perfect birding conditions! Managed to nail new eight species for the year during the circuit, including the traditional wintering whimbrel in Dirk, (though Birdtrack didn't like the record much!) Golden plover, goldcrest and grey wagtail all fell, as did raven and snipe - both of which I'd normally have had by now.
Bird of the day came courtesy of the patio though, as once back home I set up the trusty swaro to give the lake a scan. There nestling on the far bank in amongst some mallard were a pair of gadwall - ker-ching! I think this is my 3rd or 4th record for the patch, all in the last 5 years - definately a species that seems to be getting a bit more regular.
So finished on 65 species (or 77 points), which is one above the January total of the last two years so going well so far in 2013! However when I compare that to the previous two years its only a measily 37.02%!) Still no herons yet, normally a daily regular on the lakeshore - dunno where they are hiding! Maybe tomorrow?