many thanks Warren , a Herring Gull , of course ! but the bill and flesh coloured legs point me to Greater Black-backed , but I know I will be put right if that is wrong . Only other interest seen were a few Redwings and Fieldfares , Little Grebe , a pair of Nuthatches who were chased off by RRPs before I could get a decent shot and a pair of Coal Tits feeding on Yew .
After a warming lunch , I had an hour at the Cotoneaster bush near the farm lake . On arriving , half a dozen Fieldfares flew off the bush and I saw nothing for about half an hour . Then a small flock landed in surrounding trees , but they flew off again without feeding . Just about ready to head home and get warm again , a slow dribble of birds arrived in the tops of the tall trees . Then the first brave soul dropped down onto the berries , to be quickly followed by the rest . The sun was not in the best position , I would have needed to be in the garden of the house ideally , but a large sandy coloured Alsatian close to the place I was standing , definitely put paid to that idea .
Hedgelaying tomorrow near the Hogs Back in Surrey . Keeping fingers crossed that we get home before any of the white stuff arrives .