|Two White-fronted Geese at the Nunnery Lakes (Nick Moran)|
The typical winter thrushes - Redwing and Fieldfare, are currently being reported well below the historical average on BirdTrack. This may change quickly as favoured feeding areas are covered in snow and frost and the birds are forced to move to new areas in search of food.
|Reporting rate of Redwing in BirdTrack in 2016|
Stormy conditions have been a feature of the winter and some strong south-easterlies at the start of January resulted in a wreck of seabirds, mainly Little Auks and Shag in northern England and eastern Scotland. There have also been an increase in the number of Great Northern Divers reported from inland water bodies.
Looking ahead, the current cold snap appears to last at least into the middle of next week and the current signs are that there will be a return to milder conditions for the rest of the month.
Paul Stancliffe and Stephen McAvoy