What else did you have , I hear you ask? When I arrived at the barn where my food is kept I had a flock of 40 Redwings, and I think I have commented recently that there seems to be a return passage of wintering thrushes at the moment. These (click here) Redwings will have quite a return passage! I had a further 2 Redwings and a flock of 30 Fieldfares as well.
As I walked down the track I had a flock of 30 Corn Buntings fly over calling away and then at the feeding station in addition to the Tree Sparrows I had 3 Yellowhammers, 5 Chaffinch and 2 Song Thrushes. I had a few minutes to spare so I headed up the '97 Hedge' and had a group of 6 Reed Buntings and a calling Buzzard. In the 'big field' were a dozen Skylarks and then it was time for me to head back.
Back at my car I picked up a raptor with my naked eye flying over some stubble to the west of where I was. I got my bins on it and it was a female Merlin. She was climbing up and then diving down towards the stubble and flying fast and low over the stubble and then repeating the whole process. She did this 5 or 6 times that I saw and then gave up and flew towards Curlew Wood and perched on top of one of the trees. I assume that she was trying to flush avian prey from the stubble. Typically I didn't have my camera with me and this means that all the photos on my blog today are 're-cycled'.