|An icy Ashes lane|
|A view over the Greenhouse Grounds, towards the Greenhouse Copse|
|Snowy Silver Birch|
Once at the Greenhouse Grounds, it was still relatively quiet, a GOLDCREST called from a nearby evergreen tree, and COLLARD DOVES could be heard, along with GREAT TITS, a few BLACKBIRDS scampered around beneath the tall hedge, looking for whatever they could to eat, while above them a WREN sang loudly and two BLUE TITS scolded me from the uppermost twigs. I scanned the whiteness of the sheep pasture, and heard then saw two SKYLARK (52), the first this month, very welcome they are too :-)
Before my skywatching session, I walked over to the nearby drainage ditch than runs along the NW border of my patch, I new what I was after, and straight away found it, a COMMON SNIPE (64,53) the first this year, a difficult species to get on my patch, unless its cold and snowy!
|View over the drainage ditch looking NW|
After an hour and a half I was beginning to get a bit cold! I stuck at it for another half hour and was rewarded with my first PIED WAGTAILS (56) of the month, 6 MEADOW PIPITS, a SPARROWHAWK and a JAY. By 10:00 I was in need of a hot brew and headed home, a short visit but a very rewarding one.
|Sparrowhawk going over|
|View from my upstairs birdwatching window, looking South|