As I drove out of the village this morning the Rooks around the church suddenly exploded into the air, the cause was soon apparent - a fine Peregrine. This was my first of the year and one of only a handful of parish sightings. It may well have been the same bird seen near Scruton last week.
There was also a marked movement of Redwing today with knots of 50-100 birds almost constantly moving north-west over the village this morning, I also saw my first Fieldfares of the autumn too.
On the lake a couple of Kingfishers have taken up residence for the winter but it is always a surprise to see them flying low over the neighbouring meadow. One today actually veered to fly under a cow’s body!
It reminded me of another anomalous link between cattle and birds when I stayed with John Holloway on Stronsay some years ago. The shipping forecast had predicted exceptionally strong winds and we ended up using an old Ford Escort as a hide overlooking a raging sea and picking out a great range of seabirds including a Leach’s Petrel right over the house.