Another attempt to locate a Common Redpoll produced my usual result: zero! I spent an hour underneath some Birch and Alder trees, willing a Redpoll to miraculously appear in the mix of Pine Siskins that were feeding above me. Alas none materialized. Dark-eyed Junco, Song Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Shrike and an adult female Cooper's Hawk kept me company during my vigil. I followed the path at the bottom of Mills Road to Shelly Road where more Pine Siskins were feeding but much higher up in the canopy. Whilst scanning through these birds an adult male Anna's Hummingbird landed in front of me. It only stayed for a few seconds then vanished, a minute later I noticed another Anna's Hummingbird tucked up in some brambles. This local area produced 5 individual Anna's Hummingbird on the Christmas Bird Count this year.
Silly o'clock and a drive to Summerset + a 2 1/2 hour watch at Ham Wall RSPB Reserve produced good looks at my first British P ied-billed Grebe. We turned up just after eight and just in time to miss this North American mega by minutes! Little Grebes kept us on our toes but we had to wait it out until about 10:40 am when it appeared from the corner where it had disappeared. There was a nice crowd here, all remaining hopeful and humorous during this very cold vigil. This little beauty made a b-line to open water, affording all great views. Bonus bird at this site was a Great White Egret .