Folly Farm

This morning I took the dog for a walk onto the Downs from Folly Farm. Driving up the lane to the farm I noted a large number of Fieldfare and Starlings feeding in the fields. A number of Linnets were with them. In the trees here were a few Chaffinches and Tits and a single Great-spotted Woodpecker. This is becoming a regular sighting here now although in previous years I have only seen one or two. Walking along the track away from the farm I could hear  Yellowhammers, Skylarks and Corn Buntings singing. I didn’t manage to see a Skylark but plenty of the other two. Along the hedgerows were several more Chaffinches, Great Tits and also Blackbird, Robin and Wren. A very noisy murder of Crows passed through and three Buzzards and a Red Kite were seen. The Kite was searching for food and came fairly close. Several flocks of Fieldfare were seen heading south. Presumably seeking good feeding areas to prepare for heading off to breed. Back at the farm was a flock of thirty or so Yellowhammers and four Canada Geese flew over, possibly heading for Coate Water. On the short drive home I counted six Corn Buntings singing from roadside bushes.

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