This lunchtime I had to make a trip into Sheffield Centre, and combined it with a quick look at the River Don between Blonk St and Effingham Street. Highlights here were a couple of sand martins, a grey wagtail, and recent fledglings for both a pair of mallards, and a pair of the manky feral geese that frequent the River. No kingfishers today, sadly.
This evening I had a walk through Wheata Wood, and on to Wharncliffe Chase. The highlight was four wheatears in one of the fields near the car park, which was a pleasant surprise. On the Chase there were a couple of chiffchaffs on the edge of Wharncliffe Wood, two tree pipits at Wharncliffe Farm, three singing yellowhammers, a flock of 30 fieldfare, and a nice flock of 30+ linnet on the wires and in the hedgerow around Hallfield Head Farm.
Finishing off, a tawny owl was calling in Wheata Wood on the way back.