Dark and grey out on the Withins today, with a strong southerly wind ripping across the fields.
Didn't stop 60 odd Fieldfare from feeding with the Starlings on Engine Lane, and a reasonable sized gull roost on one of the ploughed fields held an adult winter Med Gull, which drifted across in front of the car before moving off north.
Good numbers of Buzzards up riding the breeze, but a fine adult Red Kite, slicing through the air over the line of rhododendrons bushes was better.
No tags on the wing and reasonable views before it sailed off towards Carr Moss at about 1310.
Apparently it has been about since the beginning of September, which tells you the last time I checked the mosses after the weekly shopping run.
I managed a very poor "point and press" shot of it in the gloom just as it dipped behind the trees.
Waited for awhile to see if the kite would return, but it didn't reappear.
Small groups of Snipe dropping into the drains and Skylarks and Chaffinches on the move.
A Sprawk tore along low, but easier to watch were the Common Buzzards, and I spent a bit of time digiscoping them as they hung in the wind.
Too dark for any decent shots though.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...