A late morning stroll through Castor Hanglands demonstrated that Valentine’s Day isn’t just a human concept. The birds were singing heartily too (how many puns can one fit in a single blog I hear you sigh!!). The air was filled with a wide variety of persistent calling which I will conveniently put down to some good old fashioned serenading. Song Thrushes were probably the most vocal, and therefore the biggest romantics, with Blackbirds, Blue Tits and Great Tits close behind. Both Green and Great Spotted Woodpecker made showy appearances and there were still good numbers of Redwing and Fieldfare in the nearby fields. Two Buzzards, two Red Kites and a lone Kestrel added nicely to the mix. Towards the end of the walk, before exiting CH back to the Southey Wood car park, a herd of 5 or 6 Roe Deer moved from a clearing back into the safety of the trees and a beautiful flock of 5 or 6 Bullfinches, mostly male, stood out from the low tree canopies with breasts like glowing hearts….ahhhhhh!