Back home

Back home now after a three-day course at Heathrow. An enjoyable course with a nice hotel to stay at. Birdwise it was Kestrel and Skylark on the airport, respectively hunting and displaying just yards from the main runway. An early evening drink with a work colleague at a Pub next to the River Thames gave the chance of some no optics birding ( I had a pint!). In keeping with the multicultural feel of the area I saw Mandarin, Eygptian Geese and the dreaded Parakeets. Also here were Grey Heron, Great Crested Grebe, Tufted Duck, Mallard Canada Goose, Coot, Moorhen, Swift, Swallow, Blackbird, Chaffinch, Wood and Feral Pigeon, Jackdaw and Crow. With the birds, boats on the river, aircraft overhead and a good pint it was a very pleasant evening. On a short walk with the dog this evening Corn Bunting, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Song Thrush and a pair of Mallard on a flooded field were seen.                                                                 With the forecast remaining good, another trip out to Savernake for Nightjar and Woodcock is planned for tomorrow evening . Fingers crossed for some good crepuscular birding.                                                                                                           With a possible trip to the South Coast on Sunday for the WOS walk at Tyneham it could be a good few days birding.

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