Today was similar but walking through the Hop Field, a rarity in itself these days, there were good numbers of LINNET (30), MEADOW PIPIT (12), REDPOLL (6-8), GREENFINCHES, CHAFFINCHES and GOLDFINCHES, a really nice start to the walk. The orchard was full of FIELDFARES and REDWINGS. I met Dad in the new orchard, the first good bird we had was a LITTLE OWL sitting out in the open but too far away for the camera. There were 30 BLACK HEADED GULLS and 5 COMMON GULLS over the fields, the area that held the Fieldfares last week was empty, 2 HERRING GULLS flew north west and again the YELLOWHAMMERS were still about with at least 10 REED BUNTINGS, as we left the bunting flock a COMMON BUZZARD flew in front of us and 6 SKYLARK came out of the grass. The last bit of action was a single LAPWING (69) flying high east. As we left one of the gardeners showed us an early bloom, Broad Bean!!
|Early variety of Broad Bean!|