Another enjoyable winter day's birding at the patch today. A Red Kite flying over was a big surprise - the earliest I've had before was February 18th last year. Even though it was only circling and slowly drifting I suddenly lost it when I briefly checked the shots on my camera to check they were coming out okay! Never mind, it had already made my day. Fourteen Lapwings in Broadfield was another highlight and I particularly enjoyed watching a showy Little Owl sitting on a stump at Lambert's Shaw.