Once again South Oxfordshire is the coldest place in England, yesterday morning an eye-watering -8.4 degrees, this morning a relatively balmy - 6.0 degrees, without the wind chill of course.
But the light snow showers and frozen ground do get birds moving and I was rewarded for being out in the pre-dawn gloom with a patch tick - a sound like the nasal wheeze of a Liverpudlian gnome ("Errrrhhh"!) indicating my first Brambling for the area was passing overhead. Would be nice to actually see the next one though. A huge flock of 500 Woodpigeon heading south indicated cold weather dispersal was underway, but the real treat were the numbers of Golden Plover present: small flocks kept gathering from the north, numbers peaking at some 180 Golden Plover - easily a patch record.