Soooooooo, feeling about 75%, and with my partner off work with the same ailment, i had the car so drove it the hundreds of metres up the road. The light was indeed a nice pick me up even if it was bracingly cold in the wind. I wasn't too bothered what i might come across but the sight of Fieldfare and Redwings in Bowmans Field just lifted me a little more. The cobwebs felt as if they where spinning in my head at times and not being blown away but after an hour or so i reckon i was getting the benefit. Blackbirds, Robins and Dunnocks followed by Blue and Great Tits with a sprinkling of Magpie, yes Magpie seemed to help me breathe more easily. BUT the appearance of a mixed flock of Finches in Alder Swamp, as i call it, just off the main waggonway next to the hide was the real deal. A genuine tonic.
The flock, numbering 25 in total included mainly Goldfiches, a male and female Siskin and the Mealy Redpoll that's been hanging around for a while. At this stage i had completely forgotten that deaths door had been creaking in my head not 48 hours earlier and here i was at heavens gate! Seeing the Meally was nice but the male Siskin was absolutely stonking in the winters sun.
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