Vine House Farm 02/02/2019
It had been snowing before we started, but bright sun resulted in a distinct lack of the white stuff for the rest of the day.
When we arrived at the first hides, in the company of owner and conservation farmer Nicholas Watts, we saw large numbers of linnets, starlings, Reed Buntings and the occasional, Black bird, Goldfinch, Fieldfare, Chaffinch, Yellowhammer, Pied wagtails, House sparrows, Tree sparrows and Wrens.
Out on the fields we saw Marsh Harriers, Buzzards and a Red Kite. Mute and Whooper Swans, Grey partridges and a variety of others I have forgotten, plus a few Hares.
Our host Nicholas Watts had also put up an Osprey nest on a pole, in order to attract an Osprey.
I also learnt that the Linnets fly as if they are bouncing up and down on a string, but not in unison, all bouncing at different times. Also that the Yellowhammer seems to sit on the ground, rather than stand, bit like a stranded swift. I don't know why and Nicholas' daughter didn't know either.
Because of the inclement weather we only had three on this trip which is understandable as snow is such an unpredictable medium to drive on.
We arrived a bit late. Nicholas had started his talk. Had a drink of coffee but no home-made cake this year. The trip was great, and very enjoyable.