I met Julia Lewis from BBC Radio York in Askham Bog at dawn this morning, to do a live piece for the radio to promote the Big Garden Birdwatch.
The bog woke up with the first rays of sun; Robins heralded the dawn, with alarming Blackbirds warning of unseen threats in the dark. Soon, a Wren and a Dunnock added their calls to the twilight and Carrion Crows, Magpies and Woodpigeons moved overhead. I was hoping we might find Willow Tits and sure enough, as the sky lightened, a pair turned up near the pond, wheezing from the willow scrub, giving excellent close views.
A good flock of about 50 Siskins provided plenty of entertainment, feeding high in the Alders at times making the whole canopy sparkle. A Nuthatch was unexpected but welcome and a trio of Bullfinches fed quietly in a Guelder Rose behind the pond. A few Redpolls bounced around and one appeared close by, feeding on the boardwalk.
All in all a lovely start to the working day.