I decided to head up to Chisbridge Lane this afternoon to see what was about, as I left home a Stoat ran across the veg patch and out into the orchard, good to see it's still about as Rabbit numbers seem to be very high at the moment and hopefully the Stoat will thin them out a bit. 3 Kites over the cottage, Marsh Tit still visiting the feeders as well as a Great-spotted Woodpecker, Chaffinch numbers have increased from about 6 regular visitors to 15+.
At Chisbridge Lane the Finch flock was still present in the cereal crops, I waited in the car as a passing shower brought the birds to the trees next to the road, at least 25 Brambling, 25+ Chaffinch, 2 Greenfinch and 2 Yellowhammer perched in the trees until the shower passed and then slowly returned to the fields. 3 Red-legged Partridge fed along the side of the field with 2 Male Blackbirds, a Kestrel passed over and began hovering next to the farm followed by 3 Red Kites that drifted over. A large flock of 100+ Wood Pigeons scattered from the woods behind the fields. Further down the road a flock of 35+ Skylark flushed from the fields as I drove past followed by a small covey of 6 Red-legged Partridge that ran across the road and into a nearby field. Good numbers of Hare, 25+ spread out across the fields.
Added To My Year List 2008.