Currently sitting out a downpour at Thirsk Racecourse (at least it's cleaning the van!), I thought I'd bore you all with details of my morning's birdwatching. Yesterday I did the official 'Thirsk & Sowerby Past & Present' walk which was perfectly pleasant and included a good-sized sand martin colony. I made a mental note of a rather enticing pathway from the northernmost point of the walk (the sluice gate at The Holmes) and went back to explore it this morning. A lovely walk along the eastern bank of the Cod Beck and full of birds - kingfisher, blackcap, whitethroat, treecreeper, nuthatch, goldfinch, loads of house sparrows, a beautiful male bullfinch ........ Can recommend it to anyone with even a passing interest in birdwatching.