Well I never (oh, come on, you must have done!). It was Sir Brucie Forsyth who said you don't get anything for a pair (All: Not in this game!) but he was clearly not referring to the the 'art' of ornithology. Sun up, temperature down but rising, and off with Le Mut for the usual trip at 07:10 today.
34 species later (beat the previous record by 4), home with a little more of a smile than tea time yesterday.
Highlights? Pairs of Grey Partridge (east copse), Shelduck, Mute Swan, Mallard and Oystercatcher on/near the Flash, Woodies and Collared Doves (numerous) and Magpies and Crows (again, all over).
Also noted: Gulls - GBB/LBB/H/C/BH - Teal, Curlew, Pheasant, Grey Heron, Lapwing, Kestrel, Buzzard, Tits - G/B/LT, Finches - Go/Ch/Gr, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Starling, Blackbird, Robin, Song Thrush and Wren.
The poor Buzzard was mobbed frequently by either the Kestrel, the Crows or two of the three LBBGs.