Its my birthday today and normally we go for a walk round one of our favourite nature reserves followed by a pub lunch.
Last year we went to Ladywalk (a West Midlands Bird Club reserve) and, although the weather was really cold with a heavy hoar frost it was at least sunny and dry and we were lucky enough to see a lesser spotted woodpecker!
This year the weather was cold, windy and wet. I don't mind walking in the cold and windy weather I can just about tolerate but wind and rain combined are not my idea of fun so we forgot the walk and made a beeline for one of our favourite pubs - The Plough.
Had a lovely lunch - something more substantial than the usual cheesey chips!
Hopefully, I'll manage to get out for a birding trip at least once before Christmas. The bitterns are beckoning at several reserves and I see that there is a drake 1st winter smew at Middleton Lakes which would be a life tick for me.