A Walk by the Thames

No birding this morning as I had an appointment at the dentist and then needed to get two new tyres for the car. An uncomfortable and expensive morning. This afternoon my daughter and I took the dog for a walk at Lechlade. We walked alongside the Thames.from Halfpenny Bridge to St Johns Lock, had a drink in the Trout Inn and then walked back the same way. There was plenty of activity with Swifts, Swallows and House Martins feeding over the river. There were twenty-seven Swans by the Riverside Pub along with numerous Ducks, mainly Mallard but also Muscovy, Aylesbury and many hybrids. House Sparrow, Goldfinch and Pied Wagtails were seen on the walk and at the Trout Inn there were more Swans and Ducks which provided good entertainment whilst we had a cooling drink. The Swans had three Cygnets and there were also Ducklings about. On the walk back a two Black-headed Gulls and a Common Tern flew downriver. Back in Lechlade we treated ourselves to a Marshfield Ice-cream each before heading home. Red Kite and two Buzzards were seen around Highworth.20130711_151218 (1280x960)

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