Winter is traditionally the period when we have the best chance to see Long and Short-eared Owls, Rough-legged Buzzards, Waxwings, Great Grey Shrikes, Hawfinches and Waxwings. There are still colourful birds to see like Stonechats, Redwings and Kingfishers.
Long-eared Owl (c) 2019 Richard Broughton
Hawfinch (c) 2019 Mike Woods
Stonechat - colourful winter bird
Little Egret - eating hawthorn berries
Long-tailed Tit - a commonly-emcoutered bird in winter
As the winter progresses we will encounter more birds singing. This is the best time of the year to learn a little birdsong every week, before the avalanche of new singing species when the summer migrants arrive in April and May. It is important to gain a basic knowledge in the birdsong of our resident species before things become more complicated after Easter.