A Bit Closer to Home

Decided on a bit of local birding today. After taking load of stuff to the tip in Marlborough Pete and I headed south. We parked by the railway crossing at Crofton and walked along the canal to Wilton Water. I’m not sure how watched it is here but it is quite rare to see sightings reported. Nothing unusual was seen but there were good counts of the common species. A hundred and thirty-five Canada Geese, over a hundred Mallard, thirty or more Gadwall, At least fifty Moorhens and nine Little Grebe were noted. Also a few Tufties and Greylag, a couple of Teal and a Grey Heron. Red Kite, Buzzard and three Swallows were seen overhead and a single Comma butterfly was basking in a sheltered sunny spot. After a stop at the excellent bakers in Great Bedwyn we headed for Savernake. We found a sunny spot and spent around forty-five minutes around the Column Pool. There were plenty of Tits flitting about with Blue, Great, Marsh, Coal and Long-tailed seen, also single Bullfinch and Nuthatch. Three butterflies were seen. Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood and a White. Froxfield Pond held a single Moorhen and two Stock Doves flew over. The Wide Water at Chilton Foliat had just the usual stuff. A brief stop overlooking Aldbourne Chase gave Buzzard, Red Kite and a flock of eighty or so Redwings, the first of the autumn for us both. On the way to our final call at Draycott where the Little Owl, unsurprisingly considering the cold wind, nowhere to be seen, we saw one each of Pheasant and Red-legged Partridge giving a total of forty species for the trip.

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