Savernake Yet Again

Thursday morning and off to Savernake again. Same area, same time of day and similar weather conditions. However completely different on the bird front from my visit yesterday. The species count was down from twenty-five to eighteen and the quantity of birds seen was probably about half. So as yesterday I parked at Eight Walks but decided to go straight to Thornhill. The first thing I heard as I approached was the sound of dogs barking, and they sounded like big dogs. Which they were. Wiltshire Police were obviously having a doggy day out with four vans and an unknown number of canines in and around the old nursery. IMG_3823 (1280x950) I wandered around here for almost an hour, Nuthatch, Treecreeper and Goldcrestwere all singing and were all seen. The Toads were extremely vocal and active in and around the pond. Great Tit, Blue Tit, Robin, Wren and Chaffinch were seen. However in contrast to yesterday the only contact with Woodpecker was a brief yaffle from a distant Green. On the walk back to the car, single Coal Tit and Song Thrush were additions to the list. Driving back along the Grand Avenue some birds flew up from the ground. A quick stop and scan found a few Brambling and Chaffinches and a pair of Marsh Tits. These were the final birds on another enjoyable but very different visit from the one yesterday. Finally a selection of Savernake images with not a bird to be seen.

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