Took an hours walk in Harrow Lodge Park monday morning. Because it was cold and snowy I thought I might see a Kingfisher along the river, and I saw a Kingfisher. You have to be a bit lucky owing to the amount of dog walkers up and down. The Grey Wagtails seem to be a permanant fixture here and always do well. Like everywhere else at the moment Redwings, Fieldfares, and other thrushes are numerous. On Tuesday I went to Southend to catch the first train to the end of the pier on a clear, cold, crisp, gorgeous morning, with high hopes. I put £5 in the parking meter only to find the pier was closed and they wasn't opening until the freezing weather abated. hmm! So I came back and watched at least 17 Yellow Hammers feeding at the Valley.