Saturday Stroll

I needed to go to Marlborough so decided on a walk from the southern side of Savernake to Great Bedwyn then along the Kennet & Avon to Wilton Water and then back through Haw Wood to the car. Starting from St Katherine’s Church I headed along the edge of Bedwyn Common. Plenty of birds around witha  Song Thrush singing and a couple of Greater Spotted Woodpeckers drumming. Jay and Nuthatch were also heard and a Treecreeper seen. There had been a lot of tree felling in this area with several log piles by the track. The first of several Goldcrest was seen here. Next a couple of Red Kites and a Buzzard drifted over. After a short walk along the road I reached Chisbury Wood. Several more Goldcrest were seen along with another Greater Spotted Woodpecker. I stopped at a clearing to scan the treetops and a Green Woodpecker flew over. Then two birds flew into a nearby tree. They were a pair of Crossbills, always a good bird to find this was my one hundredth species for Wiltshire this year. They stayed feeding giving excellent views. Not the best picture but a fair record shot. Heading across the fields into Great Bedwyn  a couple of Skylarks were flying around. First stop in Bedwyn was the bakers shop for some cakes, then it was off along the canal to Wilton Water. It was a bit odd on the canal as in just over two miles I only saw a few Mallards and Canada Geese. No Moorhens, Coot or Grebe.  It maybe that there are Mink here and they have wiped out most of the other wildlife. The regular pair of Grey Wagtails were at Crofton Lock and  on Wilton Water there were a good number of Waterbirds including more than a dozen Gadwall and half a dozen Little Grebe. Then it was back towards the car, around three miles away. The farmland section of the walk was disapointing with nothing seen other than a flock of around two hundred Lapwing. A pleasant walk through Haw Wood and along Hatchet Lane took me back to the car. Four hours, seven and a half miles with forty seven species made for a great morning. I then headed into Marlborough for a bit of shopping. As it was lunchtime I got a portion of chips and stopped off at Ogbourne St Andrew to eat them. Here I added Yellowhammer and Tree Sparrow to the day list.

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