The first bird of the year for me was a Blackbird - calling in the garden before it got daylight. I took my usual walk around the town early New Years Day and then went down into Churwell Woods just after lunch. In the woods a Grey Wagtail was pottering about in the stream - a rare visitor here though this one must like it as it's still about now.
More Redwings - this year there has been more than usual and they've stayed around several weeks now.
Some of the Black-headed Gulls near home
The garden has been busy, a constant flow of birds (and Squirrels) and it's daylight early enough in the day now that I can garden watch a little before I leave for work.
Collared Dove - this one perched on the hanging basket by the house and had a good nosy through the window!
Not the best shot but it's all a managed to get of this Chaffinch - a rare garden visitor
We've only had very light covering of snow and some hard frosts so far this year and at the moment the weather seems to be warming up.
In the garden flowers are starting to bloom, Snowdrops have spread themselves all over my flower beds, most haven't quite opened yet. The Hellabore however is in full bloom. Bluebells have been showing for about three weeks.
Back to the birds and I had a very nice patch tick of a Peregrine back in January and it seems to have taken up residence for now, it'll be interesting to see if he stays around more permanently! Last Friday I managed to tick Pink-footed Geese from the bathroom at 10pm at night, luckily for me they were making a lot of noise as they flew over.
My daughters swears she saw a Owl fly past the house one morning at dawn a couple of weeks ago, now we know there is a couple not too far from us, just off the patch, so it's not out of the realm of possibilities, something to try and check out further.
So far so good and I still haven't managed to check out one of the parks properly yet!