Today, bright, sunny and cold, the walk was accompanied by screeching parakeets high in the trees by this meadow.
They are colourful, noisy and alien.
We walked a slightly different, shorter route, south of the Star hill road with fine views to Banstead woods...
...and the meadow which boasts many native orchid in summer: Common Twayblades and Common-spotted Orchids.
At this point, this day, however, and in delightful contrast with the screeching parakeets and alarm calls of blackbirds, we heard the high-pitched, monotone piping of a flock of Long-tailed tits, high in the trees.