I cant believe I was inspired by back yard bird activity early this morning to trek up to Soil Hill now that I've got back from the dump. Even at Fox Hill I was still optimistic when I saw a Mistle Thrush (maybe a pr) beating a Magpie up in a Leylandii abomination. Raggalds Flood put things into perspective: one Lapwing, 3 Mallard and a SW'ly blow.
The heart fully sank on reaching the hill top; wind now gusting noticeably and low temperatures naturally.
I did the N slope tree line down to the bottom: 1 each Common Gull, Pheasant & Canada. 2 Curlew, 5 Linnet, 1 Blackbird, 3 Meadow Pipit.
One Lapwing was patrolling the top field, the only other birds there were the Skylarks and a couple of Crow.
Taylor Lane coughed up 2 each of Robin & Blackbird with a single Meadow Pipit and singing Chaffinch.
Old Guy Rd held 6 singing Skylark, which is good, a small number of Starling and a Meadow Pipit. At the Fleet Lane exit/entrance were quite a number of House Sparrow.
It's May the fwickin 1st. Local birding does seldom throw up a great find but basically it's also the reason why the Mother of Invention gave us fast jets to get you away from it.