The clear highlight from a trundle around the Aldcliffe patch today was the sight and sound of 6 whooper swans moving steadily through parish airspace. The half dozen honkers carried on in a SSW direction and were presumably heading for the more glamorous environs of Glasson or Cockersands...
Once again I grilled every tit and finch flock, and once again found nothing to get the pulse racing. One long-tailed tit gang along the cycle track was dragging along a single goldcrest and a treecreeper but the sizeable mixed flock in Freeman's Wood was made up solely of the expected commoner species.
There were a few more redwing around today, with ones and small groups scattered around the patch, primarily in the many well-fruited hawthorns.