This feels like old but familiar and, to an extent, neglected territory. It's a simple post of some birds photographed this morning on the South Downs. No ponds, no ducks, no cormorants, just a selection of local bird life. I'll start, appropriately (as this was quite early) with a pair of skylarks.
There were a few of them in the vicinity, but they were not nearly so prominent or active as the most colourful of our corvids, the jay. A pair, or maybe more than one pair, were criss-crossing the valley laden with acorns. As well as the one carried in the beak, they will have packed a number into their throat pouch for transporting back to a cache that will see them through winter. You can easily see the bulging pouch in these shots.
A local kestrel flew past, but she didn't stop to hover or hunt.
Most of the rest of the time I had was spent watching the goldfinches. Several small flocks were busy feeding on teasel and other seed-bearing plants. I counted 14 in this one shot, but they take some hunting out. They are very flightly, skipping in small groups from one food source to another. And when the light catches them right there are few prettier birds to watch.
This one is a little easier to see.