February 7th: Thorn Bank road near Wroot
A field south of the road held lots of mute swans, a lonesome whooper and, separate from the rest, a group of 5 Bewick's swans...
February 10th: dismal weather...
...left me shooting sparrows and starlings from a bedroom window!
February 13th: Lincolnshire again
This time it was down to Willow Tree Fen LWT near Spalding to see if I could encounter a friendly bluethroat.
Valentine's Day: Scorton and Greatham Creek
Report from Scorton gravel pits claimed an early or overwintering little ringed plover. I may have missed it but all I could find was a single ringed plover.
I carried on to walk the Salterns and Greatham Creek at Hartlepool. No sign of spotshank but quite a few  greenshank and the predictable rest.
Along the Creek I was shooting into the sun so the light was tricky.
Redshanks, brown feet!
Dead carline thistles always seem attractive...
...but there were a few signs that spring isn't far away.
A set of images from Phil Stead hide. Nice light! Best not leave this fella out. Last call at Ward Jackson's.