A bright sunny winter day and I set off a bit later than anticipated to Bickley Hall Farm, where I have my portable hide set up overlooking one of the areas of winter bird crop. These are areas planted with various crops that are left for the birds to feed on - kale, mustard, quinoa and cereals.
Winter visitors are now beginning to arrive at Bickley. The number of Linnet and Chaffinch feeding on the various areas of winter bird crop have now passed the 100 mark, but they have yet to make it to the area in front of my hide. The berry laden hedges are attracting Redwing, Fieldfare and Blackbirds. Kestrel and Sparrowhawk were both hunting over the bird crop, the former no doubt looking for small mammals, whilst the latter would be hoping to snack on the small birds.