Thursday, 17 January 2013
Thursday 17th January 2013
What a cracker of day - sunshine and shadows, all things that have been sorely missed over the last three weeks. Three Hawfinches were in St Margaret's churchyard this morning, favouring the cherry and ash trees on the southern perimeter of the churchyard. A Song Thrush was also hopping around.
At lunchtime I grasped the opportunity for a short visit to Ditton Court Quarry. I had hoped that I'd stumble up the 50+ Waxwings that had been seen briefly on the research station on Monday, but instead I was rewarded with my first Redpolls of the year, 8 or so Lessers suspended from the alders cones. A pair of Bullfinch looked very dapper in the winter sun, a couple of Song Thrushes hopped around, all watched over by a Kestrel.