After the visit of a few Waxwings this week I thought I would take a walk around the village to see if any were hanging around. Unfortunately, none were seen and very few berry bearing shrubs or trees were noted for any future reference!
The walk proved quite interesting as it turned out the village has quite a reasonable population of House Sparrow, the only place lacking them appeared to be the Queens Road area. Also quite a few Starling noted either singly or in flocks of up to twenty feeding in and around gardens.Other species noted were Blue and Great Tit, Robin, Dunnock, Wren, Blackbird, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch and singles of Coal Tit and Great-spotted Woodpecker. I did not cover the whole of the village but a good proportion of it. Obviously, there will be more species noted on the peripheral areas of the village, as there are more trees, open areas and other variable habitats. I wonder if this is representative of other villages in the area.
On another note, there were two Magpie in the meadow briefly today before being chased off by the ever present pair of Carrion Crow still maintaining their anti-corvid policy!