I was glad I had ventured out for a walk on what was a cold and frosty morning! Whittington was the area I was walking in and I was well pleased to see my first sighting of the year of a Stonechat! Raven, Mistle Thrush, Skylark, Common Buzzard and a busy little Wren were also highlights on an enjoyable walk.
A mooch around Churchill, Brake Mill Pools and Brake Lane in the afternoon did not yield many bird species. Scanning a sheep field a Common Buzzard perched on a fence taking in the sunshine was good to spot. Two male Goosanders seen on a quick visit to Brake Mill Pools. A walk along Brake Lane was enjoyable with several good views of a Common Buzzard that alas was being harassed at times by Carrion Crows, I really feel for these birds of prey! Kestrel, Mistle and Song Thrush, a charm of Goldfinch, Starlings, plus a few Fieldfare were other notable sightings.
The light was fading fast when the Kestrel was sighted.
Big Garden Birdwatch
Fortunately the weather played ball and the birds arrived in there hundreds...well not quite.;-)
Blackbird x6, Magpie x 2, Woodpigeon x 14, Dunnock x 5, Carrion Crow x 2, Robin x 1, Jackdaw x 1, Blue Tit x 2. Better than the previous few years have been.
A male Blackcap was in my garden this morning, why didn't it put in an appearance yesterday!!