Back to Local Birding

I managed an early start this morning, obviously my bed is not as comfortable as the one in Cornwall. I needed to go to Wootton Bassett so started with a walk along the Wilts & Berks Canal at Bincknoll. It was a lovely sunny morning but still bitterly cold. Three Swans were ice-breaking on the first stretch of water and there were a few Meadow Pipits in the bankside vegetation. Skylarks were singing and a Willow Warbler made a half-hearted attempt but soon gave up.P1180221 (1280x958) P1180223 (1280x983)Two Snipe flushed from a muddy stretch of water and a Kestrel was sat on the overhead wires. A small flock of Redwing were noted in an adjoining field. A quick look in at Wroughton Reservoir on the way home gave a couple of Little Grebe and five Tufted Duck. After lunch and a couple of hours gardening I resisted heading off to the Water Park which had been turning up good birds all day, and instead went for a walk around Liddington Hill. It was much warmer now and there were several Skylarks singing along the way. Around thirty Meadow Pipits were flitting around in the grass of the Castle and there were a few Linnet, Corn Bunting and Yellowhammers around. A slow walk along the western flank produced next to nothing. More Mipits and single Linnet, Starling and Fieldfare. I was surprised not to find any Wheatear or the hoed for Ring Ouzel. Heading further south almost as far as the path up to the Ridgeway I finally found a couple of Wheatear. They were quite flighty and would not allow me anywhere near so no chance of a picture. More Corn Buntings and Yellowhammers on theP1180236 (1280x1003) walk home including a flock of at least thirty of the latter. A look in at the Chiseldon flood water was worthwhile with two Ruddy Shelduck, twenty something Fieldfare and plenty of Pied Wagtails and Meadow Pipits.


2 responses to “Back to Local Birding

  1. Trevor Clayson

    Hi Malcolm
    Have enjoyed our visit to Cornwall by proxy over the last week. Really whetted the appetite for our visit next month on the way to & from Scilly with stays in Penzance at either end.
    Didn’t realise there were Choughs on Cape Cornwall. Must try and get over there.
    That’s what we like about your blog, its always a mine of information as well as entertaining.
    Went to Weymouth on Easter Monday, there were Turnstones there too at the top of the beach, oblivious to the passers by and arctic conditions.
    Trevor & Sue

    • I first saw the Choughs there when I went on a WOS trip, 2010 I think.
      We were hoping to do a day trip to the Scillies but decided against it due to the wind. It wouldn’t have been a very pleasant crossing in those conditions.
      I was surprised at how nice Penzance is, I may go down again soon. I quite fancy going on the train if I can find a cheap enough fare.

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