A longer walk today. After a circuit of the woodland burial ground I left by the crematorium entrance and crossed Peaks Parkway to access the farm tracks around to Peaks Tunnel and over into the Horsefield, returning home over the stubble/oil seed rape field and the hole in the fence. The usual birds were in evidence and just past the YMCA on the flooded field blackheaded gulls were beginning to get amorous, although still in winter plumage. The birding highlights were the woodcock that flew out of the woodland burial ground and out onto the Horsefield, shortly followed by the two snipe that I flushed on the old barley stubble. Here, also, in the hedge and ditch were large numbers of buntings and finches; mainly chaffinches but with yellowhammers and reed buntings amongst them. Again I couldn't resist photographing the stalings on the way back through the estate.
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