Today I did my late winter tetrad visit. What a difference a few months have made to this patch. No sign of the huge flocks of jackdaws and rooks. In their place are mixed flocks of redwing, fieldfare and starling. The flock numbered about one hundred and was mostly redwing.
Later on another mixed flock - this time lapwing, starlings and gulls (mostly black-headed although I did spot a common gull and greater black-backed amongst them). What a joy to see the broad black and white wings of a hundred plover taking off then re-settling nearby.
The paths through the fields are still muddy but I did get through - it was a case of set off and keep going - whatever! But the sightings were worth it. I also saw a brown hare. It laid low for a while but since it was next to the stile I had to cross I soon saw it running through the hedge and across the next field.
Photo of lapwings by Mike Atkinson. Photo of brown hare by Nigel Fairclough - see their links in the side bar.