Weekend stubble

Went for a spin around the Withins this afternoon.
Overcast and calm enough to bring an owl out early, but it wasn’t to be.
Two Ravens were a treat though, calling and bouncing about on the deck.
I watched them for awhile in the fading light – they usually do something entertaining, but for once these two were quite well behaved and after conferring on the track for a few minutes they flew off in the direction of Maghull.
Great birds.
A young Merlin was looking fine too as it sat in the stubble, working out whether to stay put or have a go at one of several Starling flocks out there today.
Plenty of Common Buzzards too.

Apart from the usual poultry, the fields were disconcertingly quiet, even allowing for the fact it is December…