New Year Birding

Tuesday 1st January 2013
One of three Lesser Redpolls visiting the garden today
The first bird of the New Year was a Robin singing near my house at 1:00am in the morning. Three Lesser Redpolls were in the garden today, where other visitors included a male Sparrowhawk. Later I year-ticked a range of common species on a walk around Moreton Valence, including Skylark, Yellowhammer and Stock Dove. A detour to Cheltenham after the walk added WAXWING to my 2013 list, with 22 still present at 3:00pm near Edward Wilson House on Princess Elizabeth Way.
Some of the 22 Waxwings at Princess Elizabeth Way, Cheltenham, including a nice adult male (centre left)

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