2015 announced itself with clear skies, a heavy frosty morning followed by warm sunshine and not even a breeze, warm enough in fact to allow me to take my breakfast outdoors in shirt sleeves.
A walk around the garden turned up twenty species if I include the ones that I viewed from it as well as in it. The most interesting in the garden itself were a firecrest, two song thrushes and at least four robins. From a nearby wood came the loud drumming of a great spotted woodpecker.
The total number of species that I recorded on this first day, including redwings in the Son-Sonette valley, was a just-about-acceptable 34-- but then I didn't try very hard.