When we lived in suburbia, we often wondered where all the birds had gone. Few birds visited our small garden and there was certainly no dawn chorus. The decline in avian populations was all too obvious. Things are very different here! There are always birds in the garden or by the river and the dawn chorus can be spectacular. Many different species visit us and the hedgerows in the surrounding lanes are home to yet more of our feathered friends.
Our favourite visitor is an amazing heron who can often be seen on the river bank. But he or she sometimes sits in the garden looking rather majestic. Unfortunately this bird never has the decency to land around the property when I have a camera in my hand. I should also mention the great tit who likes to flutter around the office window and the exceedingly bold starling who hangs out in the garden while we are digging and planting.
We often see birds of prey hovering over the adjacent field but have never been close enough to identify what they are. I was walking the dogs in the lanes one day when something large and brown flew across the road right in front of me and dived into the field. Whatever it was, probably a buzzard, this bird nearly took my head off and gave me quite a fright!