Evening walk on the Downs

Just back from a walk on Russley Down with the dog. First bird seen and heard was a Corn Bunting followed by two Yellow Wagtails. A couple of Red Legged Partridges flew up off the path as I approached. Whitethroat was heard and seen along with Yellowhammers, Skylarks and several more Corn Bunting. I stopped for my coffee and to enjoy the sight of effect the sun shining through the clouds. Suddenly the dog saw something behind me, turning I saw the front half of a Badger that had seen us as it emerged from a crop of Rape. For a second or two the Badger looked at us before turning back into the crop. I didn’t even have time to lift my camera before it went. On the walk back Kestrel, Buzzard and Swallow were all seen. I had been hoping to hear Quail but no joy. Maybe next time.

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