Further on I got a new patch tick in the form of sheep (anyone any idea of the breed?) - never seen them before on my walk in! When I eventually arrived at work I came across a feeding frenzy in one of the orchards, the source of all the excitement was the fallen apples, by now partly submerged in snow. This is the orchard just north of the public footpath across the research station that begins at the Kiln Barn Road entrance. I don't think I've ever seen so may birds around the apple trees and sections of the orchard floor were carpeted with a whole mix of species. By this time my hands were pretty cold and with little time to scan using my bins I took took a shot with the camera (see below).
Predominantly Redwings, but a few Fieldfare, Brambling and Chaffinch. Further along the row I'd noticed Wood Pigeons, Starling, Goldfinch and Green Woodpecker.