A mid morning walk, in good light and increasing temperature. I ventured up Chapel Lane and then on to the footpath round the back of Caley Wood. Here, I diverted into Cornwood gravel pits before heading off to the golf course for a coffee. I returned along New Road and on to the River Ash. Usual suspects were all on show and it was good to see the river flowing.
A song thrush was singing in trees adjacent to Chapel Lane as I took the footpath. Magpies and assorted corvids were all visible and fieldfares headed west overhead. A one kestrel hunted along the footpath hedgerow where a green woodpecker flew off noisily. Dunnocks were recorded in the same hedgerows along with a variety of finches mingling with the yellowhammer flock. A solitary great spotted woodpecker called from Caley Wood as I checked the pits. A good number of mallards, male resplendent in their mating plumage, were present but no other water birds were recorded. Long tailed tits and linnets were registered on the footpath that runs parallel to the 1st and 2nd hole. Overhead, black headed gulls, herring gulls and finally a flock of starlings, took the species count to 27.
Photos attached show a great tit, long tailed tit along with the River Ash and a couple of reflection shots from the pits. Ice still remaining on the surface being testament to the still wintery temperatures.