A short walk near Crewkerne in Somerset on boxing day morning, it was dull, overcast and quite cold but there was plenty to see.
A morning walk in Somerset on boxing day produced some nice sightings, I was hoping for large numbers of thrushes but this year in the UK there doesn’t seem to be as many around, perhaps the mild weather in Western Europe has a lot to do with it. It was a very dull and chilly morning but after an hour or so it brightened for a while.
My walk near Crewkerne took me through a couple of open meadows and into several fields of commercial apple orchards, this is where there are normally hundreds of Redwings, Fieldfares, Blackbirds and a few Song & Mistle Thrushes at this time of the year.
Today I saw upwards of 250 Fieldfares, 30+ Blackbirds, a couple of Song Thrushes, plenty of Common Starlings but, surprisingly, no Redwings. Other sightings included Green Woodpecker, the usually Tit flocks, Chaffinches, Pied Wagtails and a selection of corvids.