A Slow Weekend

A combination of my knee operation, my son home for the weekend with his girlfriend and my mum down from London meant no proper birding for me this weekend. However we did venture out for a couple of short walks. On Saturday to Coate Water where due to the presence of the local rowing club there were very few birds at the Dam end. The usual Feral Pigeons and Mallards were around the diving board and a Grey Wagtail was heard as it flew over. On the main lake were singles of Coot and Heron and a female Goosander flew in. I managed to walk as far as the Causeway hearing but not seeing Goldcrest and Coal Tit in the conifers on the way. From the Causeway there were a few Tufted Duck, a couple of Gadwall and a few Cormorants. Back at the Dam the Grey Wagtail was seen picking insects along the water’s edge. Seen in the garden were the usual mix of Great and Blue Tit, Robin, Blackbird, Wren and Wood Pigeons. Also and it has taken them a week since I put the feeders out again the House Sparrows were around. Sunday early afternoon saw us on the Ridgeway byIMG_3145 (1280x944) Charlbury Hill. A short walk here was very pleasant with fantastic views across the Vale of the White Horse. Unfortunately very few birds, two each of Crow, Rook and Buzzard along with heard only Blue Tit and Blackbird was the sum total.  Aerial highlight was a C17 heading home to Brize Norton. IMG_3149 (1280x960)

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2 responses to “A Slow Weekend

  1. Richard Williams

    Great that you are getting out Malcolm – but don’t rush it!

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