Yesterday's day off shrunk by half due to the need to get everything done beforehand and progress being stifled by colleagues. Nonetheless, the afternoon's patch trip was invigorated by not one but two Dippers on the Blyth near Plessey Woods. Look likely that last year's nest site will be used again from what I saw.
West Hartford got its all-too-common complacent reaction when, as ever, as soon as I got out of the car there was a SEO over the field north of the Fire Station (as there was at Arcot this morning in the field south of the lake). Sometimes' Birding Tours are doing well, as yesterday, 'himself' and three others (who, together, looked a formidable 'gang'; like the auditions for West Side Story!!) arrived ready for a Jack Snipe safari.
The Snowy Owl bird table was Tree Sparrow-less, but was busy with Coal, Blue and Great Tits, Dunnock, Green and Chaffinch, Jackdaw, Woody and Goldcrest.
Elsewhere, all's quiet; except for Chiffchaffs that are everywhere!