An early start looking for Wheatears proved fruitless. However the cold night left some interesting ice forms on the plants.
Then a walk to the feeding station proved to be a good decision. Watching the comings and goings until all the birds left ... Sparrowhawk perhaps? However this turned my attention to the reeds in front and immediately three long-tailed birds dived for cover. On scanning the reds I found them moving upwards before all three perched in view!
I know the photo is rubbish, but it is mainly for those that didn't believe my sighting last week! The exciting extra detail is that the one on the left is a female.
This Lesser Redpoll and its mate visited the feeders. All winter the Redpoll flock have avoided the feeders, favouring the wild seeds instead, so it was nice to get a close-up of this fine male.
An excursion across Stobswood and Hares, Kestrels, Buzzards, Skylarks and Meadow Pipits were everywhere.
These well marked Greenland White-fronted Geese were at Hauxley amongst a rather cosmopolitan mixture including 2 Bar-headed Geese.