This first part of the walk took me along this concrete track. I was surprised to see two Jays here as the habitat was wrong for Jay, they are a woodland bird. The track took me through arable farmland and I was pleased to pick up a nice flock of Golden Plovers with just a few Lapwing in with them. Both these are typical winter farmland birds albeit in decline. As I walked around this track there were several Buzzards sitting in the fields (they like to eat worms and bugs from the ground). I even saw a Grey Heron in the fields with them, maybe not so surprising as there are lakes and ponds nearby as you will see later on in the walk. This photo was taken when I was at the very south of my survey area and this track was part of the Stour Valley Way, a recreational track for walking through the Stour Valley which anyone can use. We are very lucky here in Britain that we have a network of various types of footpaths all through the country that are there for public access. I would find doing these surveys extremely difficult without them. I've now left the farmland habitat and am starting to walk through a mixture of deciduous woodland and parkland with small ponds connecting up the two larger lakes. I was disappointed not to find anything on this little pond, it was pretty though! There was a short walk up this lane to get to 'top wood'. On the right hand side of this pretty dark photo, there is a 'laid' hedge. This is an old fashioned way of maintaining a hedge in the countryside in this country. Apparently there are all sorts of different regional styles to hedge laying, you might learn more by googling 'hedge laying' if you're interested. At the moment I am still following the Stour Valley Way which carries on through this field with the small 'Top wood' to the left of me. This was a pretty quiet section of the walk birdwise, with just a few Jackdaw and Wood Pigeon and the odd Blackbird around. This is the other side of the hill from Top Wood. I love the winter sun that shows shadows from the tussocky grass. This second small pond was more productive and very pretty with beautiful reflections (more in my next post). Here I saw the first of two Kingfishers and had some Siskins in the surrounding trees. There was also a good selection of woodland birds in this area, Blue, Marsh and Great Tits, Nuthatch and Goldcrest. I'll carry on around my survey walk with my next posting.