Kennet Valley Again

On what was a pretty grotty morning it was another trip to the tip and builders merchants in Marlborough and another visit to Froxfield and Chilton Foliat. Froxfield gave me two Green Sandpipers, both initially asleep on a floating island of weed. After a few minutes they both woke and flew off calling noisily. Also seen was a single Teal, three each of Moorhen and Mute Swan and a Heron. Onto Chilton Foliat. Along the footpath I flushed a Snipe and a Goldcrest was heard in the trees  Approaching the footbridge I disturbed a Little Egret and a Green Sandpiper. On the water were half-a-dozen each of Mallard and Gadwall and three Mute Swans. A Water Rail was squealing away and after a bit of searching I managed a reasonable view of it on the bank, also found tucked away here was a Little Grebe. Two Green Sandpipers then flew along the river and a Grey Wagtail landed on the bank. A fairly large flock of Fieldfare and Redwing flew over and a Mistle Thrush was seen in an adjoining field.

Nothing of great interest on the Widewater, just Mallard and Gadwall and a single Tufted Duck. Unusually no Little Grebes here. Just beyond Aldbourne on the drive home, was a large flock of Rooks and Jackdaw. I didn’t attempt a count but there were several hundred.

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