Off to spread my seed (ooo errr, Missus!) this afternoon around West Hartford. My philanthropy, or whatever the bird equivalent of that word is, was justly rewarded.
In what was a cold, white and ornithologically barren landscape, two Greylags over south on the front nine was a nice start, and on the back nine, a Woodcock north over the sub-station.
Then a text from Mr Sometimes to say he had a Willow Tit along the east edge of Bassington Nature and five minutes or so later, bingo!
Then a text from Mr Crammy to say he had Brambling in his garden but when I got there it had moved into the school field. Knowing that trespass is a civil matter, and being the decent chap that I am, I paid a visit and was duly 'challenged' by the caretaker and his faithful companion. A bit of general bird chat, a few handfuls of seed thrown on the ground and a boring monologue about the difference between a Chaffinch and a Brambling convinced him I was neither mad (?) nor of malicious intent and he left me be. Two minutes later, a male Brambling in the willows. Superb!