Search feeding flocks
In autumn into winter, there are plenty of stubble fields and ploughed fields in our countryside, which provide an irresistible draw to birds such as larks, pipits, wagtails, finches as well as winter thrushes and plovers. It is worth scanning such fields, carefully, to see if something less usual is among the feeding flocks. This may be a Golden Plover or two among the Lapwings or perhaps a Brambling feeding with Chaffinches. Or if you are very lucky, perhaps you will find a rare ‘Lesser’ golden plover (American or Pacific) with a flock of Golden Plovers, or a rare bunting with a Yellowhammer flock.