Looked out into the garden first thing this morning and there, just under the patio window, raking amongst the leaves by the step, was not as expected a Blackbird, but something much bigger - a Woodcock! A new one for the garden. They are frequently seen flying over the house, roding, at dusk in the spring and the odd bird flies over in late autumn but this is the first to be actually in the garden.
The front street at Chester-le-Street continues to produce birds too, as this morning, in addition to 2 Grey Wagtail among 30 Pied Wagtail, a flock of 20-odd Canada Geese flew over heading south. Unfortunately
there was no repeat performance of yesterday's Red Kite.