A couple of days ago I decided to see if I could find the Corn Buntings that had been reported as showing well about ten miles from my house. I arrived at the location, a small car park, around mid morning. The weather was quite windy and overcast with just a few brief glimpses of the sun (so what's new!!).
I positioned the car so that I had a good view over the car park and almost immediately I saw that a few birds, Yellowhammer, Chaffinch, Meadow Pipit and Linnet were coming down to bathe in the puddles left by the recent rain. Unfortunately they were frequently spooked by walkers crossing the car park and also by other cars arriving and leaving making photography rather difficult!
It wasn't long before I heard the "little bit of bread and no cheeeese" song of a Yellowhammer coming from the overhead power lines, closely followed by a singing Corn Bunting (another tick for the list!) and after a few minutes a Dunnock started to serenade me from the bushes close by.
I also had a fascinating few minutes watching two Magpies (juveniles, I think!) as they explored, constantly chattering to each other, all around the car park with one spending some time interacting with a discarded yogurt pot.
So, without leaving the car, I'd had a couple of hours of good birding and had noted sixteen different species, apart from the above I'd also seen Jackdaw and Carrion Crows in the adjacent fields, Starling, Goldfinch and Great Tit in the bushes, a hovering Kestrel, two soaring Buzzards, as well as overflying Woodpigeons and Swifts.
This weekend and next week promises to be warm and sunny here (Summer at last!!) and I'm looking forwards to getting out and about in some descend weather for a change. Wherever you are I wish you all a great weekend and upcoming week.