This afternoon I parked at the village church and walked the footpath to the Griston Road, and then doubling back along Drove Lane to the Stow Bedon Road and back to the church.
The paths I walked this afternoon encompasses some beautiful grazing pasture, marshland, rush meadow, and damp woodland.
Four species of Thrush were seen and heard with Redwings forming the majority species, most were found in the tops of Alders but were typically flighty and easily disturbed. A few Fieldfares were seen in woodland along with Blackbirds. A number of Song Thrushes seen and heard indicated that some of these may be continental birds.
The only raptor species seen was a single Sparrowhawk flying low and fast over grazing land and into woodland.
Walking back along Drove Lane I had to rely on the sound of birds as the low sun was particularly dazzling ahead of me. Redwings and Song Thrushes were again the most frequently heard species.
By the time I reached the Stow Bedon Road I had the sun behind me, this offered some lovely views into the damp woodland. Thrushes again were seen with many Redwings moving between Alders and nearby Thompson Common. The Alders within this very damp habitat held 60+ Siskins high in the tops of the trees where they were seen to feed upon the cones. The strong sun really did provide superb views of the Siskins with their Yellows being particularly noticeable in the excellent light.