In superb light and after an early frost, I left for a good walk along the Ridge Path before crossing the now fast flowing River Ash, on to Ash Valley Golf course and home.
Highlight was undoubtedly recording first a party of 4 bullfinches, 2 males and then later a party of 6+, holding 2 males also. Patience was required to try to get a good photo of this secretive bird. None showed well, but a few shots shown here all the same. Skylarks were observed, in excess of 10 on the Ridge field where also a covey of 9 red legged partridge were seen. The usual trees near Bush Wood gave views of yellowhammer and chaffinch and a kestrel hovered overhead.
A coal tit called from trees near the golf club and a solitary meadow pipit was seen over the 5th fairway. Here also a pied wagtail was seen, heading west. Several green woodpeckers but no GSW's. In all 25 sp were recorded for the 4 mile walk.
Photos attached show last night's glorious moon and also one taken up Chapel Lane at 8.20 this morning. A grey squirrel, seen in Acremore Street with an apple and the 2 shots of a male bullfinch.