Had a bit of time today and got three good patch ticks in goldcrest, redwing and sparrowhawk. Nice to get them early in the year and not have to panic later on. The goldcrest comes through every so often but is only present for a couple of minutes at a time. Redwings are infrequent and are only driven in by cold weather. I saw two on Dec 30th but there was one today in the trees behind the garden . When I am more competent I will add a photo or two of the garden and the coastal path. The sparrowhawk shot into the garden about a second or two after everything scattered for cover. He failed to kill, wheeled into the hawthorn and sat looking round him for a minute or so. Long enough to get a good view and not long enough for a photo. Then he was off behind the garage and gone. Now I need to get down to the coast for a walk and add a few coastal birds to the list.