Another bitterly cold day but not too bad for a walk through the woods, especially as I soon warmed up climbing the hill in to the woods in Stoke Park.
There was a grey heron on the flooded fields at the bottom of the hill.
In the woods I saw a great spotted woodpecker, a jay, and three blue tits.
It was interesting to see the work they have been doing in the park; removing the brambles and planting new trees. The work has been quite controversial amongst locals but to me it seems as though it’s going to be much better.
However, the wood carvings in the wood are a big hit.
I followed the ridge along Purdown and had good views of Stapleton Church and Colston’s School (where I had spent all my working life and reflected that this month 50 years ago I had turned up for interview).
Holy Trinity Church, Stapleton where peregrines can be regularly seen
Most people were clearly at work by now
I dropped down to Eastville Park and saw three robins and two wrens early on.
There was no sign of the usuals (kingfisher, dipper, and grey wagtail) which was rather disappointing. However, I saw 2 coal tits singing very loudly and a tree creeper, which was a real bonus.
The Canada geese had taken the perching spot of the grey heron on the lake and seemed to be showing a very strange way of showing affection. The mute swans were much more placid.
Bluebells and ramsons were evident in both parks.
A 5.2 mile walk on a Monday morning was certainly better than being at work.