Went up to Allerthorpe Common with the family this afternoon hoping for an Adder or too, though as it was about 3 degrees it was perhaps a bit ambitious! A lovely walk was had nontheless and the kids seemed to enjoy it, particularly when the sun shone. Highlights were an unexpected Red Kite, a stonking close Roe Buck and 27 Crossbills, some of which perched in a bare Silver Birch tree allowing close approach. Even Adelaide managed to get the bins on them. A yaffling Green Woodpecker (not that common round York), a few Siskins and a smart Treecreeper were the only other birds of note. And no, the Adders were not out!