After working 4 night shifts a walk along the coast at Wembury in the bright sunshine on Saturday seemed a good idea to try and get back to a normal body clock of sleep at night and awake during the day. Unfortunately the footpath was a mud bath so little time was spent looking for birds as I was kept busy looking down to try and negotiate the mud and keep upright. It was also very busy with walkers, dog walkers and families enjoying the sun so only meadow pipit was added to the year list. And I didn't see any cirl buntings. It was nice to be out in the sun and the coffee and pasty from the cafe was lovely, the pasties are amazing.
Sunday was a quiet day with a walk around The Barbican and Plymouth Hoe. The coot that appeared with the cold weather before Christmas was still hanging around with the mute swans in Sutton Harbour and was joined by a little grebe, the first I have seen here in 24 years of living in Plymouth. Not much around The Hoe either, no great northern diver or Mediterranean gull. Med.gulls seem very scarce in the area this winter, I have only seen 1 so far, an adult just before Christmas. And the occasionally reported diver has been very elusive to me as well!