I promised that I would try to get to know my local area better so headed out for an exploration late this morning. I know the experts will say this is not the best time for birding but who cares it was crisp, not too cold, and the legs needed the exercise. No planned route but just see where the mood takes me!
Once away from the houses and into Castle Woods the very quiet surroundings were punctuated with a few calls that enabled me to locate Blackbird, Redwing, Blue Tit, Robin, Nuthatch (heard only), Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow and Great Spotted Woodpeckers.
It was fairly frosty underfoot but the horses were managing to nibble the grass. The fungi didn't look too good! Crows high on their perches and I found a number of Bat boxes on the edge of Four Acre Wood.
Friendly Robin stopped by to say a quick 'hello'.
My way home was a path I have never walked between open fields still very heavily frosted. Around Park Farm were House Sparrows, Wren, Great Tits and Dunnock plus a Black-headed Gull flying over.
Thank goodness for signposts...at least I know I'm heading in the right direction for home! During the last part of my walk I added Long-tailed Tits, Starling, Collared Dove and Greenfinch to produce a final total of 23. I'm sure this number will increase with improved weather AND when I get out earlier in the day. FAB.