A chill on the hill

I needed to go into town after work so no real chance of proper birding this afternoon. I went out with the dog at just gone three. I drove up the lane to Folly Farm and then walked up to the Ridgeway, back along to Liddington Hill and then back to the car. A flock of about twenty Chaffinches was checked for Brambling with none found. A few Blackbirds and Yellowhammers were around and a large corvid flock was feeding around the sheep in one of the fields. Unsurprisingly, with the bitter wind there were few birds along the Ridgeway, Just a couple of Linnets and a single Blackbird. One of the fields was being ploughed and this had attracted forty or so Lesser Black-backed Gulls. I stopped by the Trig Point for a much-needed warming coffee and some chocolate cake. As I made my way across the centre of the Castle a handful of Meadow Pipits and four Red-legged Partridge flew up. On dropping down the slope on the lee side of the ridge the conditions improved dramatically. However the amount of birds didn’t with just a few more Yellowhammers and Blackbirds seen plus singles of Buzzard and Dunnock. Arriving back at the car after around two hours I certainly felt invigorated. Off to London with the family again tomorrow so it will be a quiet weekend on the bird front again.

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