A Chaffinch on a frosty branch sets the scene well.
I wasn't sure whether Dave would be joining me so I decided to head through the village and along the road below Bannams Wood. By the time I reached the wood it was clear I would be on my own today, and I soon found a co-operative party of small birds. These included a Treecreeper, and a Coal Tit which I managed to add as my last photo year-tick.
|101. Coal Tit|
At the end of the wood I turned to head towards the frozen pools. A familiar shape was perched on the pylon above me.
A little further on I could hear a Kestrel calling. I could feel a theme coming on. Raptor day.
About 30 Skylarks swarmed across the field ridge, and I chose to walk through the little wood. This added nothing to the day, but back at the dragonfly pools corvid calls led me to the pale Buzzard which had alighted on a hedge.
Shortly afterwards the sun came out and I was tempted to stroll to the little pond to see if I could add anything more. About 30 Yellowhammers and a few Chaffinches were feeding on the track, and as I left the area half a dozen Lesser Redpolls appeared.
But 2015 will be another year. Let the fun begin.