Wilstone - late Friday morning 28/1/11
Called in at a bitterly cold Wilstone, on my way home from the Aylesbury Waxwings just off Griffin Lane, to pick up some yearly ticks - Pintail, Goldeneye and Redshank. Fingers too numb to hang around looking for the Goosander.
Surprisingly, the Fairford Leys Estate is a great place for birdwatching, helped by the River Thame tributory Bear Brook running through it. On the 14 January I had two yearly ticks there of Reed Bunting (quite a few) and close views of a flock of Siskin feeding on alder seeds just above one of the many footpaths adjacent to Aylesbury Park Golf Club. Yesterday a Little Egret landed somewhere in the area (Sally Douglas).