Skylarks- in January?

As we walked onto the sodden hill this morning with the dogs, we were amazed to catch sight of a hen harrier being chased by two angry crows; the harrier dipped and swooped and successfully escaped, only to then be mugged by a sparrow hawk- a fraction of the harrier in terms of size but more than a match for her speed. They disappeared into the gloom. Whilst we were chatting about what we’d just witnessed, a skylark began to sing above our heads. We though we were imagining things but no- minutes later we heard it again. A sound to gladden the heart in the depths of winter.

On Sunday, in glorious sunshine we spotted a pair of swans. Coots and moorhens have disappeared to warmer waters for the winter but this pair have been around most of the year now.

About fforestcwmbyre

Retired teacher with a love of the outdoors. I enjoy horse riding, walking and cycling, especially in the area of Hay on Wye where I live.I also run a self catering converted barn with my husband Steve. Together we also look after our family of animals, including dogs, horses, cats, sheep, hens and ducks!
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