This year Christmas was spent at my son’s house in Wellington Shropshire. I had high hopes of getting some birdwatching fitted in but as seems to be the way lately it didn’t happen. Luckily the best bird of the break was the Christmas Turkey. On Christmas Eve I made a late morning stop at Priorslee Lake which is a good spot for gulls. Despite it being too early for the main roost there were several hundred gulls on the water. Mainly a mix of the common species but I managed to pick out two Yellow-legged, Greater BB and a Mediterranean.
On my own and with limited time. I had no chance of finding the recently seen Caspian though. On Boxing Day we had planned a walk on Long Mynd which apparently is a good place for SEO, Merlin and Red Grouse. Unfortunately the weather had other ideas and with rain, snow and wind we decided that it wasn’t worth the drive. Instead we went up to the top of the Wrekin. An enjoyable walk despite the conditions but birdwise a dead loss with a few Tits, a couple of Chaffinches and a Jay about the only things seen.