We had a lovely walk today starting at Blackford Pond, which is currently badly flooded. The pond doesn't have a natural inlet or outlet and is entirely artificial, it has long had occasional problems with its drains, which is what must be happening now, made worse by the high rains we've had recently.
The resident Mute Swan family seem happy enough
From Blackford Pond we walked through Midmar Paddock. We had a wonderful encounter with a female Sparrowhawk, who landed on a branch right in front of us, then dashed away to hunt birds in the paddock. No photos, but it was amazing to see. Here are some photos of the paddock, which is sadly currently threatened with development.
The paddock is at the foot of Blackford Hill which is beautiful to look at in the winter sunshine.
Yesterday we got a lovely view of this Fieldfare, which, unusually for this species, was eating a worm!