Sticking to the plan

A trip to Salisbury Plain for Short-eared Owl was planned for this afternoon. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t particularly conducive, being quite foggy. However, we decided to go anyway. Who dares wins and all that stuff. Arriving on the Plain the visibility was even worse. First bird noted was a Meadow Pipit, soon after three Red-legged Partridges scuttled along. A few Crows and Wood Pigeon were around and we saw the first of three Stonechats. We parked up at what is usually a good viewpoint and saw nothing. Moving on a small flock of Linnets flew from a small tree. Next seen were a few Starlings and the first of two lots of Fieldfare.  As expected and despite a fair bit of driving around,  no raptors were seen. Some Magpies and a single Blackbird gave us a creditable (for the conditions) total of ten species.

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