Day 19 of my countdown to Christmas is the Red-legged partridge.
We came across these birds during a two hour walk down to the river and back. Red-legged Partridges are a bird that was introduced from France and Spain as a game bird. Hopefully these birds will be lucky and escape the shoot that was taking place two fields away.
Red-legged Partridges are often seen on my local patch, normally pecking away on the tracks or gravel paths, or in this case the single track road, until they spotted us coming and took off, just skimming high enough to make it over the hedge.
With the temperature at 16 degrees it felt like a walk on a Spring day rather than a few days before Christmas. To add to this a single honey bee was flying from flower to flower on the White dead nettles. Two Hares were chasing each other round and round in circles as if it was a day in March.