The sun certainly had its hat on today. The wind at ground level was fairly light compared to the skies. The early clouds were sent racing across the downs at a rate of knots which would have left the fittest of racehorses short of breath!
This dashed any real prospects of observing raptors from the gallops but the walk did produce a Buzzard, Kestrel and a Sparrowhawk. The latter kept low weaving in and out of trees with the intention of ambushing an unsuspecting passerine.
The sighting of the day was a flock of predominantly Redwing with some chucking Fieldfare as the flock of around 200 dispersed and re-grouped having been disturbed during their lunch break!
A pair of Nuthatch was noted in a mixed tit flock along the track to Langley Vale Wood.