February has been a limp birding month to date. Lack of time and motivation has restricted my activities to just a few snatched visits. Yesterday brightened a touch though as our general Saturday shopping duties turned in four waxwing whilst filling up at Sainburys Petrol Station and a hurried roadside stop just outside Caldicot was required after noting 30+ lapwing and 20+ fieldfare in an adjacent field.
Today followed the same domestic chore pattern as yesterday with more shop visits in Newport but this time was punctuated by 15 minutes beside the River Usk near to the Riverfront Theatre. This turned in the usual mix of gulls, a single redshank and a rock pipit picking its way around the stones at the waters edge.