I headed over to Huncote Embankment for a change. Before too long I picked up a nice yeartick as a superb Raven headed over, shortly followed by a Skylark. Plenty of vocal tits around, plus Redwings actively feeding in the undergrowth. I had a good long relaxing walk, though it would have been more peaceful and relaxing if more dogwalkers had decided to go somewhere else. At one point I heard a vaguely familiar call, but it took a while to register as I haven't heard it for years. Eventually I sussed out what it was and picked up the responsible birds a couple of fields further on - Grey Partridge. Conditions were too pants to even attempt any bird photography, so I stuck to something easier and pointed the camera at lichens (yes, once again I soon gave up on birds and looked for something else).
Hammered Shield Lichen
On Friday I got confirmation about the last 2011 ID I was waiting for. Sadly, it wasn't a VC55 Acleris logiana after all, but an Acleris kochiella. Still a rare moth in the county, and good garden first all the same. I'll have to update the 2011 Mothing Report some time.
Slovakia again later this week, via Austria. Never been to Austria - does a couple of hours in Vienna airport count?