A Surfeit of Blue Tits

Not enough to kill a King but there certainly were a lot of them in the Royal Hunting Forest of Savernake this morning. Well I know what I am on about and it is a bit tenuous! After a quick visit to the shops in Marlborough this morning I headed off to Savernake Forest for an hour or so. I was going to go to Eight Walks but the Grand Drive was very icy despite the rain last night so I stopped a bit sooner and walked down past Braydon Hook House. As I got out of the car a Great Spotted Woodpecker was calling. I managed to find it just before it flew. Then I saw the first of the many Blue Tits that were around. They seemed to be everywhere outnumbering by about three times, all of the other birds seen.  In all only a dozen were species seen, the best being a Sparrowhawk that passed overhead and a Goldcrest that was feeding at ground level. The best birds were all heard but not seen, Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch and Bullfinch.P1160829 Back at home a bit of garden watching was almost birdless apart from a couple of House Sparrows. Also seen was a Red Kite as it flew low over the garden and across the village. Later on I took the dog for a walk to Coate Water and back. In all just under seven miles in three hours. Definitely birding pace. Best of the bunch were three Great Spots, another Sparrowhawk, Common Gulls and Goosander on the main lake, good views of a Kingfisher catching fish at the Broome Manor Lane end of the main lake and finally the Great White Egret as it flew across the front of the second hide. Also of interest was a flock of at least two hundred Jackdaws that flew in to roost. At the north edge of Hodson Woods was another large gathering of Jackdaws, maybe gathering together to also head for Coate.

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