Strong winds were forecast for today, so the planned venue had to be abandoned. The morning session took place at North Cave Wetlands, where we found a large local RSPB group had also gathered. Luckily, we set off in opposite directions, so a minimum of falling over each other was achieved! The venue's birds were less active because of the gusty wind - with no Green Woodpeckers, Siskins or Brambling, but a couple of Snipe were a highlight for many. The group were immediately greeted by a flock of c.20 Linnets in the archaeologist’s field; and there were at least 30 Shelduck on the reserve – many more than on Tuesday. We only managed to locate one Ringed Plover from the Turret hide, but this was a favourite sighting for Tessa.
As the afternoon group had been to N. C. Wetlands recently, we met at the Humber Bridge Country Park instead. Unfortunately, only Sue, Liz, Peter & Bill turned up, but they were treated to exceptionally close views of at least 3 Goldcrests. Our patience was also rewarded at the feeding station. We identified a female Bullfinch fairly quickly, and after a reasonably long vigil Bill spotted a male. We waited a while longer without any luck, but as we were leaving we could hear several Bullfinches making their way to the bird tables. Also present were a healthy number of Song Thrushes and a female Kestrel.