A highlight of the last few weeks was seeing a flock of about a dozen crossbills in a tree along the back road towards Preston Capes Road. They remained long enough for us to get a good view of the brick red plumage of the males, the more understated yellowy-green of the females and the characteristic bills that give them their name.
Our garden feeders have been fairly quiet for birds, probably due to plenty of food supplies elsewhere. The autumn has been mild so far. A few frosts will no doubt encourage more birds into village gardens