Cotwall End Valley nature diary – February 2023

February 1

Great views of a peregrine falcon this morning in flight around the valley. 

Watching it from the living room. Quite literally armchair birding.

Species seen in 2023 click here

Cotwall End Valley pages click here

February 3

A grey heron in flight across the valley, bird number 42 of the year.

I heard it first, while walking the dog down the lane.

February 6

A walk along the lane, as far as the double-bend.

Lots of birds showing, highlights were nuthatch, male bullfinch preening in thicket alongside golf course and mistle thrush in the last field on the right.

February 8

The lane, then through the woodland as far as the pool.

Lots of birds, including redwing c.12, mallard 3m, 2f on pool, common buzzard, raven 2 in flight along western ridge, greenfinch m singing.