Needing to get out for a walk after Christmas, I had a thorough exploration of the farm this morning. Arriving just before sunrise I was surprised to find that large numbers of gulls had clearly roosted on the extensive floods with 188 Great Black-backed Gulls being by far the largest count of this species so far recorded on the farm. An adult Peregrine was causing the Lapwing flocks to rise impressively into the air as it searched for a victim. The numbers of Lapwings are still in impressive numbers with a new record of 1100 birds present. Duck numbers have reduced a little with 180 Teal, 24 Wigeon and a pair of Pintail counted. A nice flock of 18 Pied Wagtails were feeding around the edge of the floods, whilst a small flock of Redwings were on the edge of North Screed. In Pheasant Covert six Woodcock were roosting under the clumps of Rhododendron and finally a Water Rail called from the duck pond. Although the light conditions were not great for photography, a few pics from this morning are included below.