Back on the Road

Back out in the car today for the first time since my operation. I can’t remember the last time I went two weeks without driving. Anyway all went well on a trip out to the Water Park. A field along Wickwater Lane had good numbers of Starling and Fieldfare. Chris Walker was already at Twitchers  and had not seen the Green-winged Teal. Together we spent the best part of an hour scanning for it to no avail. It seemed that most of the Teal were staying in amongst the reeds. A mass of Wigeon again with what must have been over a thousand birds. Only a couple of Goldeneye and single Pintail and Shoveler were found. Also here were a few Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Great Crested Grebe, Lapwing and Cormorant. Chris had moved on and I was getting cold and it had started to rain so I got back in the car and headed over to Marston Meysey to look for the two Ruddy Shelduck that have been on a flooded field in the area. They were still there alongIMG_3250 (1280x1045) with a fair few Black-headed Gulls and three Mistle Thrush. Despite them flying around a couple of times they remained just a few yards inside Gloucestershire denying me another Wilts tick. No sign of the ordinary Shelduck that have been here. A quick stop was made at Eysey and another to check the flooded fields around Cricklade but nothing of interest was found. Back around Chiseldon and there was no sign of the mixed Plover flock. In the garden  there was a bit more activity than of late with eight species seen including the first  garden Long-tailed Tits of the year.

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