We tracked down an area of drier grassland where 100s of lapwings had taken refuge, along with starlings and fieldfares. Occasionally they took to the air.
But what we had really come to see was the winter staring roost. This now famous sight is different every time we visit; its very rarely possible to get the great swirls of birds seen on the telly but is always spectacular and exciting. There were several million individuals and a few hopeful buzzards thinking about having a starling snack. As the sunset was a rather good one it made the effort to keep out the freezing cold well worth it.