A walk across the golf course to the club house and along the River Ash at noon today. Highlight was catching up with a meadow pipit on the golfcourse. Only the 3rd record for this species and 1st for 2009
Another unusual sight was that of 3 male kestrels heading north in a group, occasionally play fighting as they entered Brick Kiln Hill airspace. Also, green woodpecker on the golf course and the apparently resident mallards along the river south of The Ford. Corvids in their hundreds were enioying the newly ploughed field adjacent to New Road as skylarks sang overhead. Magpies seemed in good number, as did yellowhammers, with a particularly superb male seen on the gorse on the 6th fairway.
Photos here show the distant meadow pipit.