It can’t get much better

Around this time every year Steve and I plan an evening trip to Salisbury Plain. With the forecast looking good we had chosen this evening as the best one to go. Just as we left Steve’s house he spotted a Sparrowhawk. Just after crossing the canal and railway at Burbage Wharf we saw the unusual sight of eleven Buzzards and four Red Kites feeding in a newly ploughed field. Also here were a couple of Lapwing and Pied Wagtail. A little further along the road towards the Collingbournes at twenty past six on a sunny evening a Barn Owl was hunting. Just on the edge of the Plain on a scrape were half a dozen Lapwings plus some young. Also here were a couple of Grey Partridge, Yellowhammer, Linnet and Corn Bunting. On the Plain itself the first bird seen was a Short Eared Owl which perched obligingly on the top of a tree until it was seen off by three Magpies. We were then fortunate enough to see a Stone Curlew. Following on from this we saw two each of Whinchat, Stonechat and Wheatear. A Curlew was heard, as was a Cuckoo which we eventually saw. Another Short Eared Owl was seen hunting. We left the Plain to head homewards in extremely good humour. A Barn Owl was again seen over the main road near the Collingbournes. We popped into Marlborough to get some chips which we planned to eat in Savernake Forest. Target bird here was Nightjar, although we were not hopeful as it is quite early still and the weather was a bit cold. Unfortunately we were right with no sign of either Nightjar or Woodcock. We did however have good views of twoo adult Tawny Owls and later on twoo chicks, the latter sat together on a branch calling loudly. Also seen here were a small herd of Fallow Deer and a couple of bats. It was, undoubtedly one of the best evening birding that we have had.

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One response to “It can’t get much better

  1. Michael ( Mick ) Nicholls

    Malcolm,
    Sounds as though you had a great evening.
    I would love to go to Salisbury Plain but do not know where the best birding site is. Can you send me directions?

    Best regards

    Mick Nicholls

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