A few days into a new year, and the weather has been pretty good; cold, frosty and some sun; apart from January 1st, when it rained nearly all day.
In the past I've had a few days off to various places in search of as many birds as I could see, to get the annual year list off to a good start.
Couldn't be arsed this year.
My birding has been local areas where myself and Whisky can enjoy being out together.
Second day of the year saw sunshine, and a Grey Heron at one of the local lakes.
This was at Willen Lake, which also had plenty of these.
On the way home we stopped off at Caldecotte Lake and found one of these.
Whisky also got to see a few of his friends, so a good day had by us both.
Yesterday the sun shone again, so after scraping the frost of the windscreen, we set off to Ivinghoe Beacon in the Chilterns.
A good walk round before it got too busy with other dog walkers and people flying model aeroplanes. Not very much to see to begin with, so we walked on to another spot across the road, called Incombe Hole.
I spent a long time watching a Red Kite flying over the 'hole', searching for food and occasionally swooping down to catch something.
A big flock of Skylark were moving through one of the fields searching the frozen ground for anything to eat, and a large flock of Goldfinches were feeding on the dried heads of Teasel.
Plenty of Redwing about, and good numbers of Fieldfare too, all feasting on the berries on the trees.
After a few hours walking we headed back to the car, and found another bird enjoying some berries.
It's been a pretty good start so far.
Enjoy your day.