Over the last few weekends we have not really been able to get out that much having other more pressing jobs around the house to do, boring but necessary.
Gem and me did manage a brief visit to the Void (Silverdale Country Park) for a quick walk plenty of Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler were around plus a few Swallows and loads of Toads spawning in the main lake which we caught with Gem's rock pooling net so she could have a closer look.
Another quick trip out this time to Dane Bower in the hope of a few Wheatear produced two birds quick a few Meadow Pipit and Red Grouse and a single Raven but only two Wheatear but it was bitter up there.
Today again started with a lap of the Void no Toads what so ever today just the odd dead individual a couple of Hose Martin and Swallows over head and the odd Sky Lark but less Willow Warbler or Chiffchaff today.
In the afternoon I took Gem to Hanchurch to see the Brambling I had been hopeful that the odd one might appear in our garden as previous years but no such luck this Winter, but I shouldn't complain I still have the odd Siskin and Redpoll visiting the feeders.
At first just the odd female Brambling appeared alongside the Chaffinch but no males or the 12 - 15 birds reported. A couple of Jays visited the feeding area and a single Great Spotted Woodpecker was spotted by Gem. Eventually the birds did arrive in numbers but with passing do walkers and cars they were quite flighty but I did manage to grab a few shots.