It was still very windy after the overnight gales and it was also very cold, so I opted for a drive through some of the Cotswold area to do some birding from the roadside. I started off driving through Great Barrington area, particularly looking for the Great Grey Shrike and Hen Harrier that have been reported in the area. I was able to see the Shrike, keeping low on a very distant hedge, too far away for a reasonable record shot and not in a popsition where walking the public path would have got me any closer. There was no sign of the Hen Harrier, but in truth it was just a little too windy to go and stand under the trees in the position where I have most often seen it on previous occasions.
The main birds out to play were the Red Kites between Great Barrington and Great Rissington- Kite by name, Kite by nature it would seem. They were lapping up the wind, regardless of whwether they were at high or low level and it looked like they were expending almost no energy, just a small change in wing or tail shape and they were off.