A walk in cold but bright conditions this morning. I enjoyed great views of a common buzzard being mobbed, as usual, by the local crows. House sparrows appear to have arrived in Chapel Lane in good numbers (50+) whilst overhead a pied wagtail called. A kestrel was seen towards Bush Wood whilst crows and jackdaws filled the airspace between Bush Wood and Lordship Farm. Redwings and plenty of fieldfare were witnessed at the golf club where I enjoyed a restorative pint of guiness. A green woodpecker flew over the 9 hole course and parties of long tailed tits were witnessed on several occasions. A single yellowhammer was heard along the Ridge Path north of Bush Wood but noted that last year's golden plover flock has yet to arrive in these fields. Something to keep an eye on in the New Year. In all 22 species were counted.
Photos attached show hawthorn against the clear sky, a flock of crows and jackdaws a a pair of jackdaws leaving Bush Wood