Saturday Birding,

Today was about fitting the birds around all that real life stuff that needs to be done.

Started off at first light in Marlborough for some shopping, fruit and veg at te market and then to Sumbler’s butchers (the best in town) for the Sunday roast. Next stop Savernake for a couple of hours birding before my eleven o’clock appointment at Specsavers. I was greeted by a drumming Greater Wooded Spotpecker and calling Nuthatch, a flock of Chaffinch was scanned for Brambling with no luck. A Lesser Wooded Spotpecker was heard but couldn’t be found, nether could the big Green one when that called. More luck with a Raven that flew over calling loudly. Plenty more Chaffinch seen, also several mixed Tit flocks which included both Coal and Marsh amongst the more common ones. Two Goldcrest and two Bullfinches seen along with a Buzzard. Four of the named Oak Trees were visited, these were; Old Paunchy, The two Saddle Oaks and White Road Oak. Every year I promise myself that I will visit all twenty two of these Oaks but it never seems to happen, maybe this year.

After Specsavers it was off home where my Son persuaded me to go with him to Liddington Hill to have our lunch by the trig point. Not much seen other than a couple of Buzzards and a flock of Fieldfare. Back home for a couple of hours in the Garden. Digging and clearing an area for a new Hornbeam hedge.

Finally I drove to Russley Down for a coffee and cake while having a scan for Owls and a listen for Grey Partridge. Stopped to take a couple some photos of the Pigs (see post of the 22nd).

It was fairly quiet on the bird front, the highlight being a large flock of Starlings around the Pigs. Also seen were some Fallow and Roe Deer but no Grey Partridge or Owls. Still it was nicer than sitting at home drinking coffee.

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