I found some time for birds

Heading home from the wedding in Basingstoke I had the foresight to take the A4 route home from Newbury via Hungerford and Aldbourne. It seemed a shame not to make a quick stop at Chilton Foliat. Looking from the road bridge the wide water was almost devoid of birds, Just four Little Grebes and a couple of Tufted Ducks. A handful of Swallows were overhead along with a Buzzard. Some loud calls heralded the arrival of a couple of Kingfishers which shot under the bridge and headed off along the river. After arriving home and unloading the car I popped down to the farm shop to buy a Chicken for dinner. A quick look on the flood water found the Green Sandpiper still in residence. Later on I chose an hour on Liddington Hill over some tidying at home. As is often the way at this time of year there were several other birders around. Apparently there were still some Ring Ouzels around. Despite the presence of several Blackbirds and with help from my good friends Percy Verance and his wife Patience I managed to get reasonable views of a couple of female Ouzels. They weren’t keen to come out in the open and I had to stalk them along the hedgerows. Also seen today were three Swallows, Corn Bunting, Yellowhammer and Kestrel.


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