Christmas shopping tends to get in the way of birding, but managed to divert myself to do a short birdwatch near Templecombe, Somerset, as a report this week of 2 Bewick Swans on a flooded field. Needless to say, on a dull, miserable and bitterly cold day, no swans were located, they'd obviously gone to the pub. After half an hour my fingers stopped working and I headed back to Sherborne to spend some more;
From the lane and a flooded grassland field I'd kindly been given the Grid Ref for; 150+ Winter thrushes, 30 ish Redwing, the rest Fieldfare, 3 Wren, Female Bullfinch, Jay, Male Kestrel plucking at a meal on a post, party of 3, then a seperate party of 5 Long Tail Tit, 2 Robin, dozen or so Blackbird, 6+ Carion Crow, 2 Greenfinch, Lesser Black Backed Gull, 3 juv gulls not ID'd, Magpie, and about 100+ Lapwing put up by male Sparrowhawk which I saw three times crossing over the field, each time lifting the lapwing.
There was also a Willow Warbler type song I heard, which it could not have been being mid winter...but what was it. I'll probably never know.