This morning, I talked my son into going for a drive with me through Essex - in the 'pleasent valley' area near Harrow - which often hosts some great birds - even over the winter.
Over the last few days, people have seen Red-headed Woodpecker, Eastern Bluebirds, Northern Shrikes, Eastern Meadowlarks etc. Decent birds for February!
I had gone out a few times over the last few weekends and came up short until this weekend. The Meadowlarks were not easily found. From Couture Sideroad - I noticed some small blobs in the distance in a soyabean field and luckily my eye caught light a one bird's bright yellow breast - through binoculars. These photos are pretty heavily cropped - and this is with a 400mm lens.
Some other highlights about the outing was simply spending time with my son, seeing Rick Mayos out there as well as seeing the sun out!