Worth getting out for

Another busy day on the home front with little spare time for birds. A quick stop was made at Southleaze this morning on the way back from the hire shop. Very quiet with a tiding of five magpies, a small charm of goldfinches and exultation of skylarks (although they weren’t actually exultating, just pipping away as they flew over) plus a single Moorhen. After some more painting and a bit of carpet laying I managed a productive hour around Liddington Hill. A fair-sized flock of Linnets and Chaffinches was moving through and there were two Ring Ouzel, three Mistle Thrushes, four Fieldfare and a few Blackbirds moving around in the bushes. Also seen were Kestrel, Meadow Pipit, Great, Blue and Long-tailed Tits plus plenty of corvids and pigeons. The Ring Ouzels certainly weren’t keen on showing themselves, I picked them up by sound and only managed some brief glimpses as they moved between bushes.

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