The bridleway/public footpath off Compton Road and leading to Enville Hall was a great walk this afternoon. Linnets were heard several times as they flew above the treetops and a Green Woodpecker also heard. Nuthatch x2 scoured the tree branches and a Treecreeper spiralled up a tree trunk both species in search of insects and spiders. The mild Winter has been kind...so far... for insect loving species! Other highlight birds seen were Siskin, Robin, Goldfinch, Chaffinch. Blue Tit, Great Tit, Wren, Redpoll, Long-tailed Tit 12+, Blackbird, Mistle Thrush x5, Buzzard, a flock of Redwings, Great Spotted Woodpecker and a GSW heard drumming!
Temple Pool was quiet with just a dozen or so Mallards on the water. By the pool I found a humongous Fungi that had fallen from a tree, I believe it is a Bracket fungi? It was a whopper and the biggest Fungi I have ever seen! I found a handy house brick to place beside the Fungi for a size comparism.
On the return walk the 'Full Moon' rising was a joy to behold as the haze from the setting sun transformed clouds to a soft pink colour, within minutes darker clouds had enveloped the moon. It was a great sight to see to end an enjoyable afternoon walk in mild Springlike weather.
No 'rare bird species' seen on the walk but there doesn't have to be to enjoy a good walk in the countryside.