It was a bit nippy today to say the least and a walk across the plains revealed a landscape that resembled the Cairngorm plateau (but sadly with no ptarmigan). In fact there were few birds at all and I struggled to clock 20 species. Many of those I did see began with 'wood' and the best of these was woodcock, two this time and very close to where I saw yesterday's bird but giving even better views as I was on foot.
On a patch of road that had been blown clear of snow five woodlark were busy foraging for something and eventually flew off making their musical call. Woodpigeons were trying to feed on roadside verges that were partly sheltered form the wind and snow by trees and both green and great spotted woodpeckers showed themselves.
Blackbirds and song thrushes are still plentiful and desperately trying to find food where they can.
Still no cranes--and I don't blame them--- but my brother reported seeing some yesterday near Roumazieres.