A cold and grey lunchtime walk up Chapel Lane and around to Queer Wood, coming back into the village at The Ridgeway. First up, with a small party of great and blue tits I heard a treecreeper calling. A patient wait of several minutes elapsed before I found him in an oak on the left hand side of Chapel Lane just after Home Farm. Great views but disappointing photo due to poor light. As I turned off the lane and skirted the golf course towards Bromley Lane, a calling male nuthatch attracted my attention. Again, a search through the branches paid dividends. 2 new species in 10 minutes. The 3rd addition to the list was a stock dove, flushed from a pheasant feeder near the path east of Queer Wood. Fieldfares and redwings called as they flew and good numbers (100's) of corvids filled the fields. A lone kestrel exited Queer Wood as 6 pheasant (all female) either ran or flew away. 3 moorhens were noted near Bromley Lane, a first for this walk.
As well as the treecreeper in Chapel Lane hedge, blackbirds, long tailed tits, wrens, robins and a dunnock were either heard or seen. A second treecreeper was heard and seen just before Queer Wood, consorting with a small party of long tailed tits. A single song thrush came from the hedge as I walked down towards Pathway cottages before I headed home. A wheezing greenfinch was heard from the chapel grounds. In all28 species of bird, plus usual grey squirrel and rabbits.