Back in daylight things look much brighter, and following a cold night of -6 degrees, a gorgeous morning develops with the lengthening days making every male bird want to throw his head back and let rip:
This Chaffinch was in full song as were at least 3 drumming Great-spotted Woodpeckers. The Farmhouse pond produces little, but the first Corn Bunting of the spring is present on the fence in North Field. Still plenty of these about though:
Four Roe Deer were in the fields by the river, the lead female bounding away spectacularly:
Old Barns Field was a mass of feeding birds with 100+ Black-headed Gulls swooping aroung, 2 Grey Herons and 63 Golden Plover, here zipping past my distant house. Does this get them on the "garden list"?
After a dry week the River Thame has returned to it's banks, so little flood water remains. 2 Cormorant and 2 Snipe were the only birds of note, although at least 30 Teal remain on the river, even though actually seeing them is a challenge. Most of the time I just hear their mewing calls and then there is an explosion of flying birds which stay close to cover, making estimating numbers tricky:
Overall, there was a good feel to today and plenty of interest. And it won't be long before spring migration kicks in, perhaps even bringing birds to birdless Cuddesdon...