A slightly darker morning at the onset, which, in my journey up the Rinns, saw various sightings of Red Deer out on open land previous to them seeking out the shelter of various conifer woodlands in which to spend the day. The day again proved to be fine, relatively calm , even "mild" for this time of year.
Again goose counting provided the main focus for the day, but a prolonged sighting of a Golden Eagle on the NW coast was more than welcome. A couple of feeding flocks of Oystercatcher and Curlew on coastal grassland, a nice collection of gulls, Light-bellied Brent Geese, Dunlin and Oystercatcher alongside Loch Indaal and a couple of flocks of Chaffinch around farm stockyards provided variety.
Whilst we enjoyed the sunlight throughout most of the day, a gradual fall in temperature was an indication that conditions might be changing slightly. As an apt reminder of seasonality a few Snowdrops were noted out in flower.